‘WE HAVE SUFFERED WITHOUT PROPER DEVELOPMENT, JOB OPPORTUNITIES’
Thousands participated in the Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) call for a “mass public walkathon movement”, which was held on Friday, across all the administrative headquarters in Eastern Nagaland. The walkathon is part of the first phase of agitation to press for “Frontier Nagaland” statehood demand.
USSC: United Sangtam Students’ Conference (USSC), the federating unit of Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) organised a walkathon at Kiphire headquarters.
The formal programme was held at Public Ground Kiphire where the walk to deputy commissioner’s (DC’s) office Kiphire commenced, to submit the memorandum to the prime minister of India.
In his speech ENSF deputy speaker Chumtsase Sangtam stated that the people of Eastern Nagaland has suffered enough without proper development and job opportunities.
Thus, he said, they were compelled to demand for a separate statehood as God has given equal share for the people.
He asserted that discrimination has led to the demand for Frontier Nagaland and that the demand was echoed throughout the country.
Chumtsase Sangtam disclosed that several letters were forwarded by the state government to the government of India on numerous occasions, however, they were rejected by Eastern Nagaland People’s Orgainsation (ENPO) as they “just needed a separate state.”
Earlier, the programme was chaired by Kiphire Area Students’ Union (KASU) vice president, Lumpiba M while welcome address was delivered by KASU president Tersesh.
Head GB Kiphire Town Throngseli Sangtam, representatives from USLP, KASU, AST and USSC also spoke in support of the demand.
The walkathon was also carried out at Seyochung Town, Sitimi Town, Longmatra Town, Amahator Town, Longkhim Town, etc.
MHSU: Mopong Hongkong Students’ Union (MHSU) initiated a public walkathon covering about 11 kilometres on foot till Mopong EAC headquarters.
In a press release, MHSU president L. Kholee stated that the government of India and Nagaland should retrospect the past history and the genuine demand of the Eastern Naga people.
YAA: Along with the rest of Eastern Nagaland, Yimkhiung Akherü Arihako (YAA) hosted a peaceful walkathon programme in the Yimkhiung jurisdiction from Shamator, Chessore to Pungro Khungsa, led by YAA president Achung at Shamator headquarters.