Hitting out at the NPF-led DAN government for totally ignoring the voices of the Naga people and by choosing to blatantly extend the time for filing of nominations till January 9, the Angami Youth Organization (AYO) on Saturday resolved to strictly impose a total bandh in Kohima and Medziphema town on January 9, 2017 from 7 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., AYO president, Neinguvoto Krose informed through a press note.
Apart from failing to address and resolve the issues that had been raised, AYO said the government rather chose to blatantly extend the time for filing of nominations with no sense of acknowledgement.
“Total lack of self-respect and irresponsible complacency on the part of Nagaland government has left us wondering what welfare governance is governing our state,” Krose stated.
With no options left, Krose said AYO resolved to launch a public movement inviting all and sundry to join against injustice and to defend democratic values of fairness and freedom.
AYO has asked all business establishments to down shutters and restricted pedestrian and vehicular movements. However, medical, paramilitary forces, media and district administration officials have been exempted from the purview of the bandh. “Police in private and government vehicles won’t be allowed to ply,” AYO stated.
However, the bandh would not be enforced along the highways, no travel restrictions on Wokha, Phek and Imphal highway, AYO stated. Those vehicles moving between Dimapur have been directed to take the paramedical-Jail colony-New ministers hill-Cathedral-Lerie road. Colony youths along the said routes have been asked are to guide the travelers.
Further, vehicles travelling between Dimapur-Wokha-Phek have been directed to take Naga Hospital-Naga Bazaar-Census Office-New Sect-Kohima College-DBS route.
In order enforce strict and total bandh, AYO has called upon all colony youths and members, apart from villages, to be present in their respective colonies. “At least ten thousand members are expected to participate in the public move,” AYO stated.
In this regard, AYO has requested taxis, buses and truck unions to contribute by sacrificing their valued assets for the day. We also humbly appeal all hospitals in Kohima to assist in case of emergency.
Even as the Angami Public Organization (APO) would be meeting the chief minister on Sunday, AYO said the youth organization has activated all their assets and resources in view of the bandh.
While expressing regret for the inconvenience, AYO has appealed to the general public not to take unnecessary risk.
Meanwhile, all volunteers have been advised to wear traditional dress. For further information AYO said the following individuals could be contacted: Neinguvoto Krose (operations)- 9856309500, Peter Rutsa (operations)- 9856000177, Zhatuo Ratsa (catering)- 9436016529, Kenneth Mere (catering)- 9856901489 and Dievi Yano (medical)- 9856200353.
With regard to Chumoukedima, AYO said “in due course of time, necessary action shall be initiated against the defaulters as per the resolution so established and duly published in the local dailies previously”.