Nagaland violence: Centre asks Assam Rifles to ensure safety of CM Zeliang

Rijiju also urged people to understand the attempts made by "some forces" who are trying to provide tools to the agitation

Nagaland violence: Centre asks Assam Rifles to ensure safety of CM Zeliang

As violence escalates in Nagaland over women’s quota in civic polls, the Centre on Friday ordered Assam Rifles to ensure safety of Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang.

On Thursday, violent mobs went on the rampage in the Nagaland capital vandalising and setting on fire government offices and vehicles, prompting deployment of five columns of army to bring the situation under control.

Speaking to reporters, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said: "I have talked to the Director General, Assam Rifles and told him that the Nagaland Chief Minister and his residence have to be saved."


The union minister also appealed agitating people to shun violence. "We understand the sentiments of the people, but this is no way that you attack the cabinet and vandalise government (institutions)," the Minister said on the sidelines of a function here.

Rijiju asked people to understand the attempts made by "some forces" who are trying to provide tool to the agitation.

Central forces have already been deployed there to ensure safety of people, he added.

The Nagaland government has been facing stiff opposition from tribal bodies over introduction of 33 per cent reservation for women in the urban local bodies.

The Regional Transport office and that of the Excise Department were also set ablaze by violent mobs demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister Zeliang and his entire cabinet for going ahead with the ULB polls despite opposition from powerful tribal groups that are against 33 per cent reservation for women in the municipal bodies.