Kohima: At least three people were killed and two vehicles burnt down by unknown assailants along a disputed border area between Peren and Dimapur districts at Lamhainamdi on Monday evening. Sources told EastMojo that prohibited arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of the incident.

According to a source, the incident took place around 5 pm on Monday.

Additional superintendent of police Limaakum Jamir told EastMojo that police teams have conducted a search operation and inspected the area to collect evidence. A team of senior police officials and the administration will also be visiting the place, he said.

At the time of filing this report, the officer informed that the funeral services of the three deceased were underway at the disputed area and a sizable crowd has gathered to pay tributes. Further investigations into the case are on.

Meanwhile, sources from the area told EastMojo that prohibited arms and ammunition were also recovered from the incident site.

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The incident is suspected to be related to a land dispute. A source said similar incidents of destruction of structures, firing and threatening have been reported from the area over the years. However, no incidents of murder have been reported in over a decade.  

Lamhainamdi is a proposed village under the Peren district of Nagaland, but there has been no proper demarcation of its boundary between the Peren and Dimapur districts, and hence, under dispute.

Last year, about 50 unidentified men entered the village and fired indiscriminately towards six makeshift tent houses that were burnt down. A church was also partially destroyed in the incident.

Meanwhile, a total shutdown in the district was announced by the Nagaland Zeliang People Organization (NZPO) on Tuesday. All schools, colleges, government offices, all shops and business establishments, except pharmacies and petrol pumps, have been shut.

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