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Violent protests in Nagaland, govt offices torched   

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Violence erupted across Nagaland’s capital Kohima on Thursday over women reservation in local body polls.

The protesters want 33% reservation for women in civic polls to be rolled back. They believe it is a violation of the right granted to Naga tribals as per the Constitution’s article 371(A).

Over a thousand Naga tribals have set fire to the Kohima Municipal Council office and the office of the Directorate of Transport to protest against Chief Minister TR Zeliang’s refusal to meet their ultimatum of resign by 4 pm

The violence has already left two people dead and several others injured, prompted the Home Ministry to send central forces to contain the law and order situation even as curfew and Section 144 continue to remain imposed in Dimapur and Kohima districts.

Since 10 am, thousands of protesters gathered at the old MLA Hostel road at the heart of the town carrying the bodies of the two people who were killed in police firing on Tuesday night in Dimapur.

The police had allegedly opened fire to stop a mob from throwing stones at the house of the Chief Minister.

The protestors, all members of Naga tribal groups, want the Chief Minister and his cabinet to resign.

They want the Governor to come and talk to them, but PB Acharya was in Itanagar this afternoon.

The protesters also want the suspension of all policemen involved in the firing at Dimapur on Tuesday.