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Normalcy restored in violence-hit Kohima

Normalcy on Saturday returned to Nagaland capital with educational institutions, banks, business establishments and shops opening two days after violent protests.

Prohibitory orders are still in force in some areas of the capital with state government offices remaining closed and government vehicles also staying off roads. Mobile data and SMS services are also not working.

Prohibitory orders were clamped in Kohima on February 2 after violence and torching of several government buildings by protesters who are against the ongoing elections to urban local bodies with 33 % reservation for women.

As the business activities started after five days of bandh, long queues were witnessed at petrol pumps and shops and markets.

The Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) supported by various tribal organisations had called the bandh on February 1 in different parts of the state.

During a public protest at Dimapur on the night of January 31, two Naga youths were killed in police firing. Their bodies were brought to Kohima from Dimapur and kept in the heart of the town.

The protesting tribal organisations put forth a charter of demands, including stepping down of Chief Minister T R Zeliang and his Cabinet on moral grounds, declaring the entire process of ULBs elections null and void and suspension of the police officers and jawans involved in Dimapur firing.

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