NGOs imposing bandh in Kohima, other district headquarters

Kohima, January 9
To protest against the decision of the Nagaland government for extending the date of filing nominations in places where total boycott was in force, the apex bodies like the Angami Youth Organization (AYO), Ao Senden, including Chang Khulei Setshang (CKS) and Tuensang Village Citizen Union (TVCU) have been imposing a total bandh in their respective jurisdictions of Kohima, Mokokchung and Tuensang towns from this morning.
In partial modification to the bandh called, Angami Youth Organization (AYO) President Neinguvoto Krose and Vice President Peter Rutsa stated that, in Kohima town, partial bandh would be activated exclusively under the mentioned areas in the ‘bandh zone’- TCP gate to North Police Station junction including D Block area.
Vehicular and pedestrian movements have been restricted in the periphery of the main town area.
All shops within the restricted area have been directed to remain closed, except pharmacies and eateries. AYO has also warned of action against pharmacies and eateries failing to open today. Education institutions and students attending classes and examinations have been exempted from the purview of the bandh. AYO has also appealed Assam Rifles to minimize vehicular movements within the restricted zone. Further, the youth organization has appealed to all communities and right thinking citizens to participate and show solidarity in the interest of the Nagas. AYO also imposed same bandh in Medzhiphema town under Dimapur district to restrict the candidates from filing nominations. The Ao Senden in a joint statement issued by Acting President, C. Angang and Acting Secretary, Tally Longkumer called for the bandh in Mokokchung town since this morning and said during the bandh no vehicles or public movement would be allowed.
However, police, paramilitary, medical, magistrate on duty, media and other emergency services have been exempted from the purview of the bandh.
Slamming the NPF-led DAN Government for having total disregard and hurting the sentiments of the Naga people by further extending the time of filing nominations till January 9, the Ao Senden compelled to protest against the State Government’s decision called for a total bandh in Mokokchung on January 9 from 0800 hrs to 1500 hrs.
While expressing regret for the inconvenience caused, the Ao Senden at the same time sought support and cooperation of the people during the bandh.
In Tuensang town, the Chang Khulei Setshang (CKS) and Tuensang Village Citizen Union (TVCU) have also resolved to strictly impose a total bandh in Tuensang starting from 1800 hrs of yesterday evening to 1600 hrs today to boycott the filing of nomination for Municipal & Town Council elections in Tuensang, stated CKS President M P Nokshang through a press release. However, district administration, paramilitary forces, medical; fire & emergency service have been exempted from the purview of the bandh. CKS and TVCU have also appeal to the general public for
co-operation.

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