Communal tension in Nagaland after couple shot dead

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Kiphire (Nagaland), Feb 7 (IANS) Communal tension broke out in Kiphire district of Nagaland on Sunday after a couple travelling in a car was shot dead by two motorbike-riding assailants.

Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure that prohibits unlawful assembly has been imposed in the district.

According to police, the husband, a government school teacher belonging to the Sangtam tribe was travelling in a car to a village with his wife, a nurse belonging to the Tikhir tribe.

Both tribes have an age-old rivalry over land issues.

“Both the deceased were posted in Kiphire. They went to meet relatives in Shamator village when they were shot dead by two unknown people on a motorbike,” a police official told IANS.

As per a preliminary report, the two attackers belonged to the Yimchunger tribe, which is also involved in land disputes with various other Naga tribes including Sangtam, Tikhir and Chang, police said.

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