Imphal, July 28: The United Naga Council has extended gratitude to the people for successful observation of the 48 hours bandh on National Highways in Naga areas with effect from July 24 midnight. In a press statement the UNC appealed all Naga frontal and regional organisations, the tribe students’ unions and youth organisations to prepare for the next phase of civil action which will be notified in a short period.
It added that that earlier, a 24 hours peaceful total bandh was observed in Naga areas with effect from the midnight of July 15 in protest against the highly vitiated situation brought about by the Government of Manipur (GoM) in Ukhrul district headquarters by unprecedented militarization and promulgation of Section 144 of Cr. PC in the wake of the unfortunate incident of the July 12.
As government gave no response to the protest, a memorandum was dispatched to the Prime Minister of India on July 18 reiterating that the GoI should expedite the process of intervention with an alternative arrangement, outside the GoM pending settlement of the Indo-Naga issue and demanding the Government of India’s intervention for revocation of the vitiating 144 Cr PC, removal of the communal state forces – Police Commandos and Manipur IRB from Naga areas and for ensuring that the GoM observe the ground rules of the Cease-Fire in letter and spirit.
Along with the above demonstration of our sentiments, poster campaign, protest dharnas, public curfew and lightning strikes have been observed under the aegis of the Naga frontal organizations in Ukhrul, the UNC added.
The statement further alleges saying that the safety and security of the people, however continue to be exposed to the Manipur Police commandos and IRBs whose notoriety for violence and fake encounters have been established. There can be no reason for their non withdrawal other than to sabotage the ongoing Indo-Naga peace process and the people’s democratic movement by disrupting civil life.