IMPHAL July 23: With no action from the Central government to the five day ultimatum served by the United Naga Council (UNC), the council today announced a 48 hour bandh on vehicular movement in all the national highways in Naga areas in Manipur from midnight of July 24. Educational institutions, medical, power and water supply, postal service will be exempted from the purview of the bandh.
According to the UNC, on July 18, a memorandum was dispatched to the Prime Minister of India in which it had reiterated that the Government of India must expedite its intervention with an alternative arrangement, outside the Government of Manipur pending settlement of the Indo-Naga issue and also demanded the Government of India’s intervention for revocation of the vitiating 144 CrPC, removal of the state forces including police commandos and Manipur IRB from ‘Naga areas’ and for ensuring that the Government of Manipur observes the ground rules of the cease-fire in letter and spirit within five days time of that memorandum, which if not considered would be followed with further democratic civil actions.
While stating that the Naga people must remain alert to face any eventuality at this critical time and situation, UNC urged the public for their cooperation and solidarity towards their legitimate demands which is being deliberately ignored. Any persons violating the vehicular bandh will be doing so at their own risk, it warned.
UNC recalled the 24-hour peaceful total bandh in Naga areas on July 16 in protest against the highly vitiated situation brought about by the Government of Manipur after promulgating Section 144 of CrPC in Ukhrul district headquarters in the wake of the unfortunate incident of July 12. “The sentiment of the Naga people on the militarization of Ukhrul town with the deployment of Manipur Police Commandos and the IRBs was demonstrated loud and clear,” UNC stated.