DIMAPUR, APR 7 : A 48-hour bandh has been called in Zeliangrong inhabited areas of Manipur from April 17 midnight to April 19 midnight by the All Zeliangrong Students’ Union (AMN) to pressurize the government of India to fulfill its charter of demands demand. The bandh covers both national and international project including railways.
However, medical services, electricity, religious functions, water supply have been exempted from the purview of the bandh. A statement issued by the publicity wing of the AMN said any untoward incident arising out of defying the bandh would be the responsibility of the defaulter.
AMN’s charter of demands included: Immediate withdrawal of AFSPA-1958 from North East Region; Immediate transfer of 11 AR from Zeliangrong inhabited areas; Removal of all Indian Army Check posts/gates on highways & district highways and befitting punitive action against “high handed” Col. Chonkar of 11 AR.
AMN said that a complaint memorandum was submitted to the prime minister and home minister of India against the “high handedness” of the 11 AR at Tamenglong Hqs and other security forces in Zeliangrong inhabited areas in Manipur.
“Why should 11 AR under Col. Chonkar try to disrupt such a time valued peace process between Government of India and Naga?” the AMN asked.
It also asked as to what was the relevance of AFSPA when the entire Naga areas have been covered by the “Indo-Naga” peace process.
It has appealed the public and all authorities concerned to extend cooperation to make the 48 hours total bandh a success.