Dimapur bandh evokes mixed response

Dimapur bandh evokes mixed response
Dimapur Police pacifying college students at Deluxe point Dimapur, Wednesday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/5/2019 12:32:01 PM IST

The lightning bandh called in Dimapur from 10 a.m. onwards Wednesday by the college students unions in Dimapur affiliated with ANCSU, evoked mixed response against the backdrop of the strong opposition from the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU).

Students from different colleges, in hundreds, gathered at several pockets of Dimapur including Clock Tower, Deluxe Point, Town Hall, Nagarjan Petrol Pump etc. Volunteers gathered in large numbers particularly at Deluxe Point, where police personnel and security forces were deployed to ensure peace and security.

Some of the student leaders told Nagaland Post that the bandh went ahead despite opposition from DCCI and DNSU. On DNSU opposing the bandh, they said the 19 colleges in Dimapur did not come under DNSU but were affiliated with ANCSU.

During the bandh period, police personnel were seen trying to pacify the student volunteers to maintain peace and not to indulge in violence. Many shops remained open while several were closed. Many shops and business establishments owned by Muslims were also closed due to Eid.

An ANSCU member however claimed that the bandh was total and successful. He expressed gratitude to students and leaders for their support. There were reports that volunteers had harassed and shop owners threatened to down shutters, allegations that were strongly refuted by some student leaders Four ANSCU functionaries from Kohima were deputed to Dimapur to monitor the students. 

Meanwhile, ANSCU acknowledged police personnel for extending cooperation. They also claimed that colleges that were not affiliated to ANSCU also turned up for the event in support of the cause.

ANCSU calls off protest
In view of the assurances given by the state government to the five-point charter of demands made by All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU), the student body has agreed to call off its indefinite hunger strike. 
This was arrived at after state chief minister Neiphiu Rio held a meeting with ANCSU representatives in Kohima in presence of minister of Higher and Technical Education Temjen Imna Along during which the two expressed regrets over the police action on student protestors on Tuesday in Kohima.
According to ANCSU president Katho P.Awomi and general secretary Vimeyiekho Vitso, the chief minister and minister H&TE assured students of fulfilling their five-point charter of demands which included: ensure that probe on the scholarship scam be submitted at the earliest and stern action against those involved; it was also assure that the incumbent Director H&TE will be shifted and if needed be, suspended, till pendency of the probe; assured to immediately set up a Nodal Cell to implement all scholarship schemes in Nagaland; to take up the land encroachment issue in Kohima Science College with the cabinet on June 10,2019 with alternative arrangements and initiating measures for the welfare of the college; assured that sanctioned posts of assistant professors under Higher Education department would be recruited through NPSC; that all scholarship schemes will be implemented in a fair manner and also to monitor all scholarships for students.
ANCSU has expressed gratitude to chief minister Neiphiu Rio for his sympathetic response to their demands. It has also thanked NSF, NLSF, ASSU (SKK), ENSCU, NPRAAF, NVCO, DSSU, HASSU, NASSU and TSUD for their support to ANCSU in its quest for justice. 
In addition, ANCSU has also thanked its units, media and well wishers for their cooperation during the indefinite hunger strike.

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