11-hour bandh passes off peacefully in Nagaland

11-hour bandh passes off peacefully in Nagaland
Streets wear a deserted look during 11-hour bandh in Dimapur on Tuesday. (NP)
Staff Reporter/Correspondents DIMAPUR/KOHIMA/WOKHA/Mokokchung, JAN 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/8/2019 10:36:33 AM IST

Responding to the 11-hour bandh call given by the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), which is one of the constituent units of North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the federating units of NSF Tuesday imposed bandh in several places of Nagaland evoking by and large positive response with no untoward incidents reported.

DIMAPUR: The bandh in the commercial hub of Nagaland imposed by high power committee of Dimapur Naga Students Union (DNSU) passed off peacefully as volunteers from various local student organizations also extended support within their respective jurisdictions.

After the bandh culminated at 4 pm, Nagaland Post spoke to NSF general secretary Imtiyapang Imsong, who confirmed that the bandh was largely successful and peaceful. NSF expressed gratitude to the general public for their support and solidarity. 

Imtiyapang said the bandh spearheaded by NSF not only covered Nagaland but even Naga inhabited areas of neighbouring Manipur comprising  Chandel, Tamenglong, Senapati and Ukhrul districts.  

Expressing vehement opposition to the bill, he said “until the central government gives a positive response, we will continue to fight for our right till our demand is met.” 

Terming the bill “anti-indigenous people”, Imtiyapang pointed out that the Northeast region was overcrowded by Illegal Bangladeshi Immigrants (IBIs) while accusing the central government of legitimising IBIs on the basis of religion for vote bank. 

Further, Imtiyapang made NSF’s stand clear and categorically said “We do not look at IBIs through religious angle but as IBIs.  They (IBIs) are threatening to overcome the indigenous people and the Government of India does not understand the ground reality of people in the Northeast. The Bill is for vote bank politics.”  The bandh was on Tuesday was largely successful as business establishments, offices, government institutions and educational institutions remained shut.  The streets also wore a deserted look as volunteers manned various locations to enforce the bandh. 

When Nagaland Post visited the railway station to ascertain the impact of the bandh, it was observed that travellers had to wait out the bandh for lack of transportation. At Dimapur airport, EAC Chumukedim, Thejavizo Nakhro, who oversaw the movement of the passengers, said the bandh was peaceful but lamented that such bandhs have become a hassle as travellers were left stranded without transpiration.

Also, talking to Nagaland Post, Dimapur Diphupar Students Union (DDSU) deployed at the airport junction also expressed their support to the bandh called by NSF. Movement of traffic and public was eased even before the deadline at 4 pm.  (Staff Reporter)

KOHIMA: With the rest of the North Eastern states, the state capital witnessed total shutdown from 5am till 4pm on Tuesday. The bandh passed off peacefully with no report of any untoward incident from anywhere.  The bandh, however, affected all the government offices, business establishments and institutions. Kohima town wore a deserted look as vehicles were off the road.

Interacting with the media persons, NSF president Kesosul Christopher Ltu said the bandh was successful and ended peacefully with the support of the district administration, tribal hohos and the public. He informed that the bandh in the all the districts were enforced by the respective student unions. NSF president said the federation strongly opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 and maintained that both the centre and state governments should take the cognizance of the public voice.  

Expressing NSF’s view on state government statement that Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 will not affect the state with present ILP implementation, NSF president said the state government should not leisurely depend on ILP as this was not effectively implemented in the state and it does not cover Dimapur. Ltu said Dimapur has become hotbed for illegal immigrants and Chumukedima check gate was not vigilant enough to control the entry of illegal immigrants. He opined that state government should pass a strong resolution opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. (Correspondent)

WOKHA: Lotha Students’ Union (LSU), a federating unit of the NSF, Tuesday enforced total bandh at district headquarters Wokha starting from 5am to 4pm as per the guidelines of NSF. All commercial activities in the district were paralyzed due to the bandh.

Meanwhile, a small programme was conducted at police point in the evening to mark the culmination of the bandh.

Security forces were deployed by the district administration to control any unlawful activities.

The bandh was attended by senior members of LSU and present executives. (Correspondent)

MOKOKCHUNG:  Ao Students’ Conference (AKM), which enforced bandh in Mokokchung district, Tuesday claimed that the 11-hour bandh was a total success. AKM volunteers observed strict vigilance in and around the district with an exception for security forces, medical services, district administration and press. (Correspondent)

PHEK: The federating units of the Chakhesang Students’ Union (CSU) observed bandh called by NESO within its respective jurisdiction on January 8. 

As per the directive from CSU, the Phek Town Chakhesang Students Union (PTCSU) imposed a total bandh within the jurisdiction of Phek town from 5am to 4pm opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

PTSU warned the Government of India not to play with the future of the indigenous people of the North East for political vote bank.

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