Dimapur, july 21: One person succumbed to injury while three injured have been admitted to the District Hospital Dimapur after Assam Police fired upon Dikoi Village Monday at around 11 a.m.
The deceased was identified as Chingkhimbo Gonmei (36), son of Guidi Gonmei, resident of Dikoi village.
The three injured were identified as : Arui Zeliang (36) son of Hera Zeliang of Njauna village Peren district who was struck with a bullet on the left thigh; Sylvester Pao (26) son of Maikho of Saranamai village and resident of Dikoi, hit by bullets on the shoulders and left arm and Talandin Zeliang (26), son of Ngaoraolung and resident of Dikoi village.
All three underwent X-Ray tests and would undergo surgery Tuesday to remove bullet heads lodged in their bodies. Arui Zeliang told this Reporter at the District Hospital, that Assam Police personnel arrived at Dikoi in a mini bus and a Tata mobile and began indiscriminate firing.
Sylvester Pao said he was relaxing after lunch and had to flee when he saw a big group of Assam Police personnel, some in civvies travelling in two trucks and four Gypsies.
Pao said while he and others were fleeing, Chingkhimbo was shot from behind and seriously injured and had to take shelter behind a pile of wood. He said Talandin was shot and injured on the left arm while bandaging the injured Chingkhimbo. The other person, who was also part of the group that fled, could not be located.
Meanwhile, when contacted, Dikoi Village Council Chairman, Zandi Domta, told this reporter that the Assam police came to the village for the eviction drive.
He also said the Dikoi council members met ADC, Dimapur, Monday, and submitted a memorandum asking for protection of Dikoi villagers.
Gunmen from across the border along Assam’s Karbi Anglong district fired upon security personnel and workers engaged in the eviction operation forcing the police to retaliate and one person from Nagaland was killed.
According to district Superintendent of Police M J Mahanta, miscreants positioning themselves from bunkers set up near an army camp in Nagaland in the Kasiram border outpost area fired from sophisticated weapons to prevent the eviction drive.
He claimed that an AK-series assault rifle and a pistol were recovered from the deceased and added that the rest of those present there managed to flee.
There was heavy exchange of fire on Sunday in the encroached Doldoli Reserve Forest when a forest department personnel was killed and another official and a police constable injured.