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Hills bandh
Correspondent IMPHAL, APR 6
Published on 7 Apr. 2010 12:04 AM IST
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Normal life was severely affected Tuesday in Naga dominated four hill districts of Senapati, Tamenglong, Chandel and Senapati in Manipur owing to the dawn to dusk “chakka bandh” called by various Naga organisations to register strong protest against the government move to conduct elections of the Autonomous (Hills) District Councils (ADCs) in Manipur.
A total of 77 vehicles- 60 loaded trucks, 13 inter-state passenger bus and four 407/DI trucks from Dimapur side along the NH-39, were stranded at Mao gate bordering Nagaland owing to the strike from 6 am to by 6 pm.
The United Naga Council (UNC) with support of other organisations imposed the “chakka bandh” in protest against the conduct of election to the ADCs on the basis of the status of the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council Act, 1971 which was amended for the third time in 2008.
UNC has said the 3rd Amendment of the Act in 2008 restored the original status of the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council Act, 1971. The 1st Amendment in the year 2000 which gave autonomy was repealed by the 2nd Amendment in 2001 but it was again deleted in the 3rd Amendment in 2008.
No untoward incidents were reported during the 12-hour bandh. Attendance in most of the government offices were low, reports from the four districts said.
The chakka bandh also affected the normal cross border trade at the international border in Moreh.
Normal life would continue to be paralysed as another 72-hour bandh has been called by the JAC for 2006/2009 Autonomous District Council DPC Faced Candidates’ Parents and Guardians, Manipur, from April 6 midnight continue till midnight of April 9.

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