6-hr bandh peaceful across Nagaland

6-hr bandh peaceful across Nagaland
(L) Passengers stranded at Dimapur railway station and (R) A view of closed shops during the bandh in Kohima. (NP)
Staff Reporter/Correspondents DIMAPUR/KOHIMA/MOKOKCHUNG, DEC 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/14/2019 12:42:13 PM IST

The six-hour state-wide lightning bandh, from 6 a.m. to 12 noon, called by Naga Students Federation (NSF) on December 14 passed off peacefully, without  any untoward incident reported.

The bandh was called to express resentment against the passing of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Parliament. In Dimapur, shops, offices remained closed and vehicular traffic was off the roads during the period of the bandh. Over 30 trucks were stranded near Dillai gate in view of the bandh. 

Speaking to Nagaland Post DNSU vice president, Sentimeren said that since the bill (CAB) was already passed, the union would wait for the next course of action if the North East Students Organization (NESO) or NSF have any further plans. 

DNSU has demanded that the government effectively implement Inner Line Permit (ILP), not only in Dimapur, but whole of Nagaland. Hundreds of passengers were stranded at the Dimapur station during the bandh. 

Talking to Nagaland Post, some passengers said they were caught unawares of the bandh. It was only after 12 noon, the passengers were able to move out to their respective destinations. Dimapur Railway station manager, Soumendra Mazumder mentioned that despite NFR cancelling several trains in view of disruptions in train movement, Nagaland express arrived Dimapur Saturday, around 6.10 a.m. particularly for Dimapur passenger. 

He also said that three special trains were being provided by the NFR for passengers (Guwahati-Dimapur-Guwhati).

Commissioner of Police, Dimapur, Rothihu Tetso was also present at the station to take stock of the situation. He expressed concern that over 700 passengers were stranded at Guwahati station, mostly students. Though special train service was provided, many were not aware of it, he added.  

It may be mentioned that to assist Dimapur-bound passengers stranded in various parts of Assam and many passengers planning to travel to Dimapur, Nagaland in transit through Assam, a joint control room has also been set up at Police Control Room, Office of Police Commissioner, Dimapur. Dimapur police have informed that Dimapur-bound passenger or passenger in transit through Dimapur could contact the Joint Control Room No.7085055050 for any queries. 

Kohima: In the state capital, Kohima, the lightning bandh evoked mixed response among the public.

There was total closure in the main town area. However, some shops in other parts of Kohima remained open. It was reported that Angami Public Organization had issued directives, asking shops to remain open. However, none from the APO could be contacted for comment.

Interacting with media persons, NSF vice president Deivi Yano and general secretary Liremo Kikon informed that they did not receive any official intimation from APO about the directive. They however said that the bandh was successful and peaceful in Kohima and across the state.   

NSF said since it was a lightning bandh, many people were exempted for the purview of the bandh particularly students appearing exams. NSF further acknowledged the support and cooperation rendered by the public in observing the bandh successfully.

Meanwhile, with regard to the explanation sought from the three Naga MPs, NSF said the issue would be taken up during the federal assembly scheduled to be held on December 16.

Mokokchung: The 6-hour bandh in Mokokchung passed off peacefully without untoward incident being reported. 

Shops and business establishments downed their shutters while vehicles remained off the roads. 

The bandh initiated was initiated by the Ao Students Conference (AKM) and supported by various NGOs including Ao Senden, Watsü Mungdang, Mokokchung Town Aor Telongjem, All Ward Union Mokokchung, all the federating units of AKM besides Sumi Students Union (SKK) Mokokchung unit and Sumi Hoho Mokokchung. 

Later, AKM addressed the media, wherein they strongly expressed dismay at the two MPs from Nagaland who had voted in favour of CAB. 

The AKM said that by doing so, the two MPs have sold out the rights of the Nagas and therefore they should resign on moral grounds. The AKM further expressed their gratitude to one and all for extending their support in making the bandh a successful one.

Meanwhile, DNSU acknowledged all tribal students unions-- Ao Students’ Union Dimapur, Lotha Students’ Union Dimapur, Chakhro Angami Kuda Students Union, Rongmei Students Union Dimapur, Mao Students Union Dimapur, Chakhesang Students Union Dimapur, Zeliang Students Union Dimapur, and Eastern Naga Students Union Dimapur, for their service and support to make the bandh successful and peaceful. DNSU also thanked the Dimapur police and the public for their cooperation.  

The six-hour bandh in other districts also passed off peacefully.


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