Monday, October 2, 2023

SAPO temporarily suspends indefinite bandh

Southern Angami Public Organization (SAPO) has decided to temporarily suspends the ongoing indefinite bandh with effect from 12pm march 31, 2022.
In a press release, SAPO president Kevipodi Sophie and general secretary Swelul Pucho stated that the decision was taken unanimously after deliberation with its governing body and frontal organizations on March 31, 2022.
SAPO said the decision arrived based on the Tenyimi Peoples’ Organization (TPO) “Ultimatum on Manipur to withdraw police forces from Kezoltsa and request to SAPO to lift the blockade” and also request from Angami Public Organization (APO) to lift the indefinite bandh for upcoming 50 years Celebration of APO Golden Jubilee to be held on April 8, 2022.
SAPO has, however, affirmed that lifting of indefinite bandh was “only temporary measures.” It warned that, if the Government of Manipur failed to adhere to the TPO ultimatum served on Manipur government, then SAPO would initiate its own course of action, and the Government of Manipur would be held responsible.
On Wednesday, the TPO urged the Manipur government to withdraw its armed personnel and stop all activities in the disputed area at the earliest, failing which the TPO and its constituent organizations would initiate “course of actions.” TPO also appealed to the SAPO to lift its ongoing indefinite bandh.
NAPO supports SAPO bandh: Northern Angami Public Organisation (NAPO) has extended support to the bandh imposed by SAPO against the Manipur government’s violation of status quo.
In a press release, NAPO Zeneituo Yano and secretary Lhousakuolie Metha maintained that it was the right of any party to express their resentment in any non-violent manner when their “legitimate right is subdued by force.”
Affirming to stand alongside the SAPO, the NAPO said it condemned the actions of the Manipur government for “unnecessarily creating fizzle” between the two friendly Tenyimia families.
NAPO has, therefore, demanded that Manipur government to immediately withdraw armed personnel and dismantle permanent structure from the disputed site (Kezoltsa) so as to ease the situation. NAPO also appealed to the Tenyimia People’s Organisation to amicably settle dispute at the earliest.


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