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APO re-affirms 26-year-old resolution to “discourage and disallow” protests & bandhs

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DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 7: The Angami Public Organization (APO) has re-affirmed its 26-year-old resolution to “discourage and disallow” any public protest and bandh within its jurisdiction, particularly Kohima Town, “without proper and prior consultation with the office of the APO”.
This was stated in a letter written by the APO to Chief Secretary J Alam on February 4. The APO issued a copy of the letter to local newspapers on Monday.
It appealed to the concerned authority to refrain from issuing “random permission for such cases in future” and warned that any misfortune “followed thereafter shall be fully borne” by the latter.
“The concept behind this resolution was to maintain and also to ensure peaceful atmosphere to one and all for healthy living and for all-round development. Organising protest rallies in different forms by various organisations have been a regular event in the State capital thereby affecting the normal life of its citizens, particularly the students and business communities.
“Further, many precious lives were lost and properties both private and public worth crores had been damaged in the past when such a protest took a violent turn. Public protest and staging a dharna for demanding justice from the Government may be a constitutional right of its citizens and no doubt APO acknowledges such a situation and is also prepared to render its full support and cooperation through proper consultation”, the letter read.
The APO appealed to the “Naga general public” not to misconstrue that it is imposing its diktat upon others “by virtue that State capital falls under its jurisdiction or for that matter the National Highway passes through the entire length and breadth of the Angamis’ land (which is often heard)”.
According to the APO, its main objective of adopting such a resolution was to protect and preserve “the sanctity of true and vibrant Naga society from being spoiled and corrupted by few groups of people for self-aggrandisement and also to gain cheap popularity in an overnight”.
(Page News Service)