ENCSU threatens to disturb peace if ENPO demand not met

DIMAPUR, MAY 31 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/31/2020 12:37:13 PM IST

Eastern Nagaland College Students’ Union (ENCSU) has threatened to “disturb peace” if the State government failed to meet the demand of Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) regarding the Tuensang fiasco.

ENPO had demanded initiating of disciplinary action against those officials involved in the mismanagement that led to a COVID-19 positive person being sent to Tuensang along with other passengers.

In a release, ENCSU president M Longre Chang and general secretary Wangnei C Jessuhu also warned that if any untoward incident occurred, the State government would be held responsible, adding the union would never remain silent until its genuine rights were met.  

Strongly demanding that the names of officials involved in sending a returnee to Eastern Nagaland without following any safety protocol should be made public, the duo accused the State government of violating the Disaster Management Act, safety protocols and standard operating procedure (SOP) of COVID-19. It termed the incident as a “cold blooded murder.”

ENCSU asked the government not to delay making public the names of officials responsible for the incident or hide them, as this could lead to other problems. 

Terming the setting up of a judicial inquiry committee and giving it a 15-day timeline to complete the investigation as just a waste of time, ENCSU urged the government to reduce the timeline as the probe could be completed within a week. 

The union clarified that it was not against any tribe of Nagaland or organisation, but questioning the government for playing with the lives of people of Eastern Nagaland and for not following rules by intentionally send the returnees to Tuensang.

It also asked the officials responsible for the fiasco to admit and come out in public before the investigation reached them. 

Cautioning the government against transferring the officials involved, ENCSU also wanted to know about the functioning of State COVID-19 War Room, what it was doing on that fateful day when the returnee was sent to Tuensang and why the Kohima district administration was silent on the issue. 

The union also doubted the government assurance of setting up a BSL-2 laboratory at Tuensang when it was yet to install one at Dimapur. Nonetheless it urged the government to immediately provide manpower for setting up the laboratory in Eastern area. 



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