Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) secretary general Abu Metha (left) with Union minister of state for youth affairs and sports & minority affairs Kiren Rijiju Credit: Twitter

Dimapur: Unknown miscreants fired outside the residential gate of Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) secretary general Abu Metha in Sovima village of Dimapur in Nagaland on Wednesday night.

An FIR was filed by the Sovima Village Council Chairman around 10 am on Thursday in this regard.

Around 10.15 on Wednesday, unknown miscreants first fired three shots at the residential gate of Metha, and then a few continuous shots again at 11.25 pm. Metha and his family were reportedly inside their house at the time of the incident.

As per the police, 24 empty cases of AK-47 rifle were recovered from the site. The distance of firing was 140 ft from Metha’s residential gate. While shots were targeted at the gate, other gun shots were identified from the compound walls. Also, gunshots were spotted on the walls of the immediate residence (neighbour) Zeneituo Yano.

An eyewitness reportedly spotted an unidentified man shooting from a white vehicle.

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Metha has not received any threats or demands from anyone. With investigations still going on, security has been enhanced.

Meanwhile, in a press statement, the Angami Youth Organisation (AYO) through its president Neingutuo Krose and general secretay Kekhrie Pfukha has condemned the “indiscriminate firing” at the residences of Abu Metha and Zeneituo Yano, both of whom are “responsible citizens of the community and have been serving the Nagas tirelessly”.

Calling it “an act of attempted to murder”, the statement read “the motive of this horrendous act is also to create terror in Naga society and therefore should be dealt with utmost seriousness” and further urged the government “to leave no stone unturned in identifying the culprits and punish them as per the law of the land”.

In a separate press statement, NDPP Central Youth Organisation condemned the firing which took place while its party secretary general Metha was “resting with his family members”.

It condemned the “senseless act perpetrated by the unidentified miscreants and urges the concerned authority investigating the case to leave no stone unturned and book the perpetrators at the earliest”.

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