ENSF begins stir; 11 govt vehicles seized

DIMAPUR/KIPHIRE, NOV 30 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/30/2020 12:48:38 PM IST

The first day of the democratic agitation called by Eastern Naga Students’Federation (ENSF) passed off peacefully and successfully on Monday. 

The ban on restriction of movement of State government-registered vehicles by its six federating units at their respective headquarters passed of peacefully and all the volunteers followed all COVID-19 SOPs.
Altogether 11 vehicles belonging to the State government were seized during the day for violating the federation’s directives and these will be released only when its demands are met
ENSF extended its gratitude to the six federating units for their continue support and cooperation in all the endeavours being undertaken by it and also to the Eastern brethren for expressing solidarity with the cause. 
While informing all the six federating units that the second phase of the indefinite democratic agitation would begin by boycotting the 58th Statehood Day celebration and restricting all related activities by not allowing hosting of flags across Eastern Nagaland, the federation called for boycotting the virtual Hornbill Festival too. 
This was stated in a press release by federation’s president Sepili L Sangtam.
Meanwhile, reports received from five districts of Eastern Nagaland stated that the agitation was peaceful on the first day.
In Kiphire, volunteers of United Sangtam Students’ Conference (USSC), as per the directive of ENSF, imposed indefinite strike at Kiphire on Monday by barring movement of government vehicles. 
A short meeting was also organised during the day during which former ENSF cultural secretary K Achumba Sangtam reiterated the federation’s demand that was placed before the State government.
USSC executive secretary Rothrongki Sangtam also spoke on the occasion. 
The programme was chaired by USSC general secretarySelicho, while executive member Aketo Sangtam pronouncedvote of thanks. They asserted that the stir would go on until the government fulfilled their demand. (Correspondent)
In Mon, the Konyak Students’ Union (KSU) volunteers enforced the indefinite stir in Mon district and seized three government vehicles. 
The union also announced that as per the new directive of ENSF, it would support the second phase of the agitation by boycotting the Statehood Day celebrations in Mon district on December 1 and the virtual Hornbill Festival. 
KSU asserted that it would fully support ENSF’s directive until the government fulfilled the federation’s demand. This was stated in a press release by union’s president Bumang Phaiba and assistant general secretary Nokpho Wangsha.
In Noklak, Khiamniungan Students’ Union (KSU) successfully imposed Phase-I of indefinite agitation, which kicked off at 6am. KSU president P Hatho presented in detail the charter of demands placed before the state government during the formal programme. 
KSU said that no vehicle was seized under Khiamniungan jurisdiction on day one and affirmed to stand firm until the demands were met.
In Tuensang, the Yimchungrü Akherü Arihako (YAA) enforced phase-I indefinite democratic agitation under its jurisdiction starting from 6am on Monday.
YAA officials along with volunteers monitored movement of government registered vehicles at ADC HQs Shamator and Pungro. 
YAA press & information secretary Rokhumba no untoward incident occurred on the first day. 
It said that volunteers enforced the agitation by strictly adhering to all COVID-19 SOPs. 
YAA has also affirmed to continue imposing indefinite agitation in a peaceful and democratic manner until justice was delivered.
Meeting on Dec 3 to discuss ENSF demand
KOHIMA, NOV 30 (NPN): Deputy chief minister Y Patton said agreeing to Eastern Naga Students’ Federation’s (ENSF) demand for 45% reservation would take the overall reservation to 52%, including the reservation for other tribes, which the Supreme court would not allow as there was already an apex court’s ruling that reservation for backward tribes should not exceed 50%. 
He said this while interacting with media persons on the sidelines of an event when asked about the demand of ENSF, which has also launched a stir from Monday. Stating that a committee meeting has been scheduled on December 3, he remarked that till then he could not comment further on the matter.
To another query, Patton said the chief secretary had already appealed to ENSF to withdraw its ultimatum. He remarked, “What can be done if they are still going ahead with their agitation.”


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