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 on a motorbike was shot dead by two unidentified 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 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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