Need to evacuate stranded Nagas soon, says WSH

DIMAPUR, MAY 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/14/2020 12:39:11 PM IST

Western Sumi Hoho (WSH) has asserted that Naga people stranded in areas marked as Red and Orange zones needed to be evacuated as soon as possible as the COVID-19 positive cases were surging beyond limit, saying the longer they stay in the mainland the greater was the risk.

WSH has appealed to all responsible not to stigmatize “our people” stranded outside and planning to return back from others parts of the country. The hoho stated that Nagas stranded outside were severely distressed and were facing immense difficulties since the lockdown was enforced. “These stranded people are our own children, brothers and sisters. How can we abandon them is times like this?” said the hoho, adding that the state cannot disown them when they were “crying desperately to return home.”

WSH said there were several instances in the recent past when Naga youth died outside the state and their mortal remains could not be bought back and were buried without any of their families present to bid them farewell. “How many such more of these happenings would we like to see again?” WSH queried.

It admitted that bringing back the stranded people was a matter of grave concern and posed a very high risk. WSH, however, said that “we cannot shy away from this challenge and keep them outside indefinitely”. It stated that one can tell when this COVID-19 pandemic could be contained. WSH also said that one cannot expect the government to keep on providing all the basic needs to thousands stranded outside. “Many of them have been rendered jobless without any resources and have to return back by any means,” WSH stated.

According to WSH, the stranded people included those who had gone for medical treatment, senior citizens, students and those working outside. WSH has, however, expressed belief that the government would take all necessary steps and work out a meticulous plan in a phased manner to bring back the stranded citizens.

WSH has also appealed to those returnees to strictly follow all the guidelines and procedures laid down by the authorities.


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