Kohima: Amid the ongoing lockdown in Nagaland which has compelled many businesses to shut down, a hair and beauty salon at Nagabar in Kohima town was ransacked by unknown miscreants.

The Eklippz hair and beauty salon at MK Market complex in Kohima was ransacked on Monday. Speaking with EastMojo, Medongunuo, the salon owner, said that amid the ongoing lockdown she decided to look at her shop and pick up necessary beauty and personal care products, including those expiring soon.

According to the owner, the total damage exceeds Rs 3 lakh.

“To my surprise, I found that one of the glass doors was broken, and the salon was ransacked,” she said. Medongunuo also found cosmetic products splashed across the room and containers on the ground.

She informed that electrical appliances, chairs, washbasin, brushes and other beauty products were also destroyed. “I do not know exactly when the incident took place, but it looks like it might have happened about a week ago since the coloured products that were splashed on the walls have dried out,” she said.

She informed that when she initially entered the salon with her phone flashlight on, two water heating appliances were found inside a bucket of water with the cables attached to the power socket. “One of the sockets looked burnt. So that might have led to an automatic power cut-off in the building. The situation seemed like it was done to harm me or to chart the entire building,” she shared.

e Eklippz hair and beauty salon at MK Market complex in Kohima was ransacked by miscreants

According to the owner, Rs 2,000 cash was also stolen and offensive words were scribbled on the wall behind the reception. Sharing details, she said that receipts of a private entrepreneur account book were also torn.

“Although I may be a bad person, there’s no personal rivalry that I can think about. I have been in this business since 2013, and the properties that are destroyed are an accumulation made over the past years through hard work. I don’t know what I should do now. I cannot even think about what can be done” she told EastMojo.

An FIR has been lodged at the North Police Station in this regard. When contacted, the officer-in-charge of the police station, Chubaonen, told EastMojo that on receiving the complaint, the police promptly rushed to the place of occurrence.

He informed that by the time the police reached the site, “much of the needed evidence”, like fingerprints, were disturbed. “We took whatever little evidence that was left and we are working on that”, he said, further informing that statements of all available witnesses and the complainant have been recorded and examined.

“After examining the place of occurrence, we observed that those miscreants were much into mischief rather than stealing the things,” he told EastMojo. He added that many costly gadgets and electrical appliances were found damaged and not stolen.

According to the police official, the miscreant(s) broke into the Kohima salon after entering the building through the back door. Nearly 40 items were found to be destroyed at the shop, he added.

A case was registered under tge relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on charges of house-breaking and mischief.

Speaking with EastMojo, Khrieketoulie Kintso, president of Nagabazar Youth Organization (NYO), expressed shock over the incident that took place in the locality.

“We do not know what happened in the Kohima salon. It seemed like a case of personal enmity. But on learning about the incident, we advised the owner of the salon to file an FIR in the police station for further investigation. If there is any suspect from our colony, we assure of our cooperation,” said Kintso.

Due to the total lockdown and several government directives, he said that the local youth leaders have only been engaging in ensuring that COVID-19 appropriate behaviours are followed at the essential shops during marketing days, unlike last year where volunteers were engaged in manning the entry and exit points of the locality on a rotational basis to monitor movement of people entering or leaving the area.

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