The second wave of the indefinite state-wide bandh entered its fourth consecutive day on Thursday. The bandh across the state was by and large peaceful. However, in districts like Kohima, Wokha and Tuensang the bandh was relaxed as only government offices and government vehicles were barred from functioning.
DIMAPUR: The bandh enforced by Dimapur Naga Youth Front (DNYF) in Dimapur was normal and peaceful. The fourth day saw more enthusiastic women from all walks of life out on the streets to enforce the bandh. In most of the areas, the women also took the initiative provide refreshments/lunch. Another effigy of chief minister T.R. Zeliang was burnt by volunteers near at Supply/PWD junction.
Meanwhile, JCC convenor, Supu Jamir informed that there would be no relaxation in Dimapur and the bandh would continue as usual from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
While brushing aside the assurance made by chief minister T.R. Zeliang that he would step down, Supu said: “Zeliang cannot be trusted, and he has lost the confidence of the people.”
Some students, who were returning home on foot, after the exams told this reporter that the bandh was causing them inconvenience to commute.
KOHIMA: The partial bandh called by Nagaland Tribes Action Committee (NTAC), Kohima and enforced by the Angami Youth Organization (AYO) in the state capital passed off peacefully with no untoward incident on Thursday. All business establishments and banks chose to remain closed even though they were exempted for the purview of the bandh.
In this regard, NTAC has once again reminded that in view of the inconvenience caused to public, the bandh would be in force only against movement of government vehicles and closure of government offices.
However, the following have been relaxed from the purview of the bandh-- fire services, hospitals, SP’s office and police stations, administration, banks, NBSE and any exam related establishments, NPSC, students appearing exams, paramilitary, power sub-stations, KMC and colony /wards sanitary vehicles, business establishments and eateries, schools and colleges both private and government, public transportation, central offices (postal services, accountant general, telecom & BSNL), PHE field staff for water supply, private vehicles, pedestrians and press & media.
Meanwhile, a no-Naga shopkeeper was apprehended for spreading rumours/panic to neighbouring shops, but was later released from North police station.
MOKOKCHUNG: Day four of the bandh in Mokokchung started off with a mass prayer service at 6 a.m., organized by the Mokokchung Pastors Fellowship. Around 500 people from 21 churches along with Ao Senden office bearers, JCC members and public attended the service.
The bandh which began from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. saw more participation of womenfolk, volunteers from ENPO Mokokchung unit, Sumi and Lotha community, representatives from six ranges including women from Japukong range. Volunteers from land owners of the three villages, All Ward Union Mokokchung town, students’ and MTLT enforced the bandh.
Meanwhile, Ao Senden JCC on Thursday undertook a tour of the district where bandhs were being enforced to. Senden informed that the bandh is being observed in all administrative headquarters including Changtongya, Tuli, Tzudikong (Paper Mill), Mangkolemba and at Tsutapela gate (Tzurangkong range).
JCC further informed that the bandh would continue with exemptions as before.
TUENSANG: Second phase of the indefinite bandh was partially lifted in Tuensang. However, government offices would remain closed and movement of government vehicles restricted till further notice, said CKS vice president T. Mongko and TVCU president H. Wongto in a joint press statement.
The decision was made to maintain uniformity with the ongoing protest in the state after JCC and NTAC decided to relax the bandh.
All educational institutions, schools and colleges both private and government, administration, police, para military force, government vehicle on exam duty, fire and emergency service, medical, sanitary vehicle, press and media have been exempted. CKS and TVCU also informed that all business activities and movement of private vehicles would function as usual.
WOKHA: In Wokha town the bandh imposed by Lotha Hoho Joint Action Committee (LHJAC) passed off smoothly. Volunteers from Humtso and Elumyo Youth Organizations, GHSS Youth League and all frontal organizations took part in the bandh.
In a press note, LHJAC press secretary, Thungdemo Kyong has informed that the bandh has been relaxed in Wokha. However, functioning of government office and vehicles would be barred and monitored strictly, JAC stated.
JAC also thanked the Wokha District Auto Union (WDAU) for providing free services to the students appearing exam. Meanwhile, students of Faith Church provided refreshment to the bandh volunteers on Thursday.