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Protest bandh in Ukhrul
Correspondent UKHRUL, MAY 30 (NPN):
Published on 31 May. 2010 1:14 AM IST
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Intensifying its protest against holding the Autonomous District Council (ADC) elections, the Tangkhul Coordination Committee (TCC) has imposed a 72-hour blockade in the entire Ukhrul district from Monday midnight.
Talking to Nagaland Post on Sunday, TCC media in-charge Tennoson Pheiray said, “The decision to impose economic blockade was taken in pursuance of the boycott against the ADC elections called by the United Naga Council (UNC).”
The Autonomous District Council (ADC) election, which has been suspended for over 20 years, has been opposed by United Naga Council after the Okram Ibobi Singh’s government amended certain clauses in the Act. The ADC, under the Eight Schedule of the Indian Constitution, was under animated suspension in 1989.
The elections to 24-seat Ukhrul Autonomous District Council have been slated for June 2. But in the wake of the UNC’s directive to the aspiring candidates, 19 candidates had withdrawn their nominations while 24 others were still contending for the elections.
However, 20 congress candidates have been declared elected unopposed while the remaining four constituencies would go to polls on Wednesday.
The blockade in Ukhrul came close on the heels of total bandh imposed in Tamenglong and Senapati district, which also go the polls on June 2.
Meanwhile, the state government has braced up for the second phase of ADC polls in the three hill districts. The first phase of election in Chandel, Churachandpur and Sadar Hills was held on May 26.
The media cell, a wing of Tangkhul Coordination Committee spearheading against Manipur government’s decision to bar NSCN (I-M) “ato kilonser” Th. Muivah’s visit to his birthplace, has intensified its media campaign in Ukhrul district.
On Saturday night, it conducted a public screening of various video footages including the police firing at Mao Gate peace rally, funeral service of the two students killed by police and Muivah’s address among others.
The public screening, held at Long ground in Ukhrul town was attended by thousands of people. It has also embarked on public distribution of the video footage.

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