Tension escalates in Nagaland after protestors torch CM residence

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Dimapur : Violence continued to mar Nagaland on the third day. According to reports, protesters have torched Chief Minister TR Zeliang's official residence and clashed with the police at various places.

The protesters torched the CM’s  house after the deadline of 4 PM to the state government to cancel the elections ended.

The protesters were angry over the government's decision to not postpone the elections to the urban local bodies (ULB). The most affected districts are Dimapur and Kohima, where Section 144 has been imposed.

In Dimapur, angry protesters also set ablaze a government vehicle for defying a bandh call.

Tribal groups have demanded the resignation of the state government after two people were killed and several injured in the violence.

The fatalities occurred when police opened fire after hundreds of armed youths tried to enter the CM's private residence on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday, elections to urban local bodies in 12 towns across the state were conducted amidst a shutdown called by tribal bodies opposing the polls.