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NSF for bandh on Manipur vehicles
Correspondent Kohima, May 4(NPN)
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Published on 5 May. 2010 1:00 AM IST
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Manipur Police and paramilitary for the second consecutive day, denied passage to the general public at the Nagaland-Manipur interstate border.
NGOs leaders from Nagaland- Naga Hoho, NSF and their subordinate bodies, NMA and NPMHR- were denied entry and were forced to return back.
Terming the act of Manipur government as an insult to all the Nagas, the federation today announced indefinite bandh on all Manipur vehicles in the entire Naga inhabited areas from 6 p.m. Tuesday till its demand for immediate revocation of 144 CrPc clamped in various part of Naga inhabited areas was lifted and unconditional apology tendered by the government for insulting the entire Nagas.
The NSF took the decision at a consultative meeting with civil societies Tuesday evening.
Addressing a hurriedly called press conference at the NSF office here, NSF president Mutsikhoyo Yhobu said its officials who went to inspect and assess the prevailing situation in and around Mao gate Monday and Tuesday were on “a peace mission”.
He said the Manipur government failed to understand the mission and insulted the federation, the entire Naga students, youth and younger generation. He said apex civil bodies were also denied entry and access to Nagas on the other side, thereby insulting the entire Nagas.
“We don’t want to create any communal enmity but if they can do their own, we are also adamant to do our own”, said NSF general secretary Wati Jamir, who also informed that the bandh took effect from Tuesday evening at Dimapur.
“We represent the not only the students but the entire Naga youth and younger generation and when we tried to inspect and access the prevailing situation, we’re denied entry in our own land,” said NSF assembly speaker KelhouneizoYhome. He said NSF covered not only in Nagaland but the entire Naga inhabited areas.
Further, he also informed that in view of NSF indefinite bandh, the scheduled NSF federal assembly at Oinam Hill village would stand suspended till further notice.
The joint force of Manipur Police, Commando, IRB and CRPF personnel also denied entry to the Kohima-based media persons based who had gone to cover the prevailing situation.
Security personnel at the check gate said the Manipur cabinet has ordered that no Nagaland journalist be permitted entry on the plea that media persons in Nagaland would distort or twist the actual prevailing situation.
However, after much persuasion the media team from Nagaland, also accompanied by some journalists from other parts of the country, were allowed to enter but only for 15 to 20 minutes. Thousands of Naga women carrying placards and defying the 144CrPc imposed at Mao Gate, Tadubi and Maram held silent protest rallies for the second consecutive day at several places along the NH-39.
“Every time, Manipur government claimed that there was no Nagas in Manipur state, so we want to prove that there is Nagas and that Muivah is our leader who hails from Somdal in Ukhrul,” said MNWWA president K. Matia.
“We want to welcome Muivah who is our leader”, said another woman protestor.
Meanwhile, it was learnt that the curfew, which was imposed on Monday, was lifted but the 144 CrPc remained till Tuesday.
NMA, TWO appeal
The Naga Mothers Association and Tenyimi Women Organization have appealed to the governor of Manipur, Gurbachan Jagat for immediate intervention into the present crisis of the impending visit of Naga leader, Th.Muivah to his home town in Ukhrul district.
Expressing concern over the militarization of Naga inhabited areas upon imposition of 144CrPc, the organizations forwarded a memorandum to the Jagat appealing for immediate lift on the ban as well as the “unwarranted” imposition of 144CrPc which they said were “a violation of the people’s rights”.
They also called for guarantee of safe passage for the visit of the Naga leader in the interest of ushering peace in the region.

 
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