Dimapur, February 11: Normal life came to a standstill across Nagaland as people voluntarily observed the 10-hour total bandh on Monday, which passed off peacefully.
The bandh was called by the Nagaland GB Federation in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 and for solution to the Naga issue before the ensuing Lok Sabha polls. The bandh was also supported by the Naga People’s Front.
Government offices, business establishments, schools and colleges remained closed during the bandh and vehicles also stayed off the road. Only emergency services and those exempted from the purview of the bandh were seen moving around the town.
Meanwhile, the Coordination Committee for CAB and Naga political solution under the aegis of Nagaland GBs Federation (NGBF) has expressed appreciation to all tribe hohos, civil societies, NGOs, various committees, mass based organizations and the citizens of Nagaland for making Nagaland Bandh successful.
In a press release, the committee said the spontaneous participation by the general public of Nagaland itself speak volumes of the two burning issues at hand which is close to the heart of the people. The central political leaders should take heed to the voice of the citizens of Nagaland on early Naga political settlement and our fierce opposition against CAB, it said.
It said the CAB is also another form of internal aggression against the indigenous people of North East India that infringes into our basic rights and survival.
The committee supported the JCPI deadline to the Abhishek Singh Committee for submission of final report making Dimapur an ILP zone.
At any given time, democratic agitations shall be carried out and supported by Coordination Committee (CC), it added.
Stating that the committee is also in touch with the activists and movements in the various states of Northeast India to oppose CAB, tooth and nail, it appealed to the citizens of Nagaland to be prepared for further course of action on times such as these, where sacrifices has to be made for issues detrimental for our birthright and coming generations.
NTC: The Nagaland Tribes Council said it is elated to see how the Nagas of Nagaland responded to the call given by the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) comprising of civil bodies, tribal organizations and Indigenous citizens of Nagaland to observe total bandh today all over the State of Nagaland.
Seeing the success of the bandh across the State of Nagaland solely because of the spontaneous response of the people of Nagaland, one has to feel boosted up realizing that the Nagas have not lost the spirit, the NTC stated adding the cohesion so exhibited today has given sense of security that Nagas still possess the potentiality to synchronise their acts together for common good.
The NTC also congratulated the JCC for spearheading the democratic protest for those rightful demands and thanked the Naga public for the sacrifice invested on worth cause.
(Page News Service)