Kohima/Dimapur, December 9: Defying the bandh called by the Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) tomorrow, the State Government has geared up to ferry stranded travellers who are mostly tourists from Kohima to Dimapur.
Sources said Government will provide security to all travellers between Kohima and Dimapur despite the 12-hour bandh called by the PAC NCD in protest against kidnapping, ransom and extortion by militants in and around Dimapur. The 12 hour bandh will restrict movement of people, especially tourists who have come to attend the Hornbill Festival, which will conclude in Monday at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama.
The Government is all prepared to deploy adequate highway patrol along the National Highway-37 and security will be provided to travellers till Airport and railway station at Dimapur.
The proposed bandh has been severely criticised from various quarters, and some commentators have not rule out political influence on the organisers of the bandh.
A source said talks to prevent the bandh or postpone it failed between the Government and the NCD on Saturday.
Police escorts for travellers to & from Dimapur on December 10
1. From Chumukedima Police Check Gate to Dimapur Airport: 11 am & 12 Noon
2. From New Field Check Gate to Dimapur Airport: 11 am & 12 Noon
3. From Dillai Gate to Dimapur Airport: 11 am & 12 Noon
4. From Dimapur Airport to Chumukedima Police Check Gate: 12:45 pm & 1:30 pm (30 minutes after landing of the Indigo and Air India flights)
5. From Dimapur Airport to New Field Check Gate: 12:45 pm & 1:30 pm (30 minutes after landing of the Indigo and Air India flights)
6. From Dimapur Airport to Dillai Gate: 12:45 pm & 1:30 pm (30 minutes after landing of the Indigo and Air India flights)
7. From Chumukedima Police Check Gate to Dimapur Railway Station: Every two hours starting at 5 am.
8. From New Field Check Gate to Dimapur Railway Station: Every two hours starting at 5 am
9. From Dillai Gate to Dimapur Railway Station: Every two hours starting at 5 am
10. From Dimapur Railway Station to Chumukedima Police Check Gate: Every two hours starting at 6:30 am
11. From Dimapur Railway Station to New Field Check Gate: Every two hours starting at 6:30 am
12. From Dimapur Railway Station to Dillai Gate: Every two hours starting at 6:30 am
13. From Tragopan Point to New Field Check Gate: 5:30 am
14. From Tragopan Point to Dillai Gate: 5:30 am
15. From Tragopan Point to Chumukedima Check Gate: 5:30 am
All travellers are requested to join the escorted convoy as per the timings indicated. Tourist Police personnel will be available in all the specified locations given above to facilitate the travellers.
In case of any emergency or for need of help, Tourists can call the following helpline members:
1. New Field Check Gate: 7085055010
2. Chumukedima Check Gate: 7085055041
3. Delai Check Gate: 7085055042
4. Piphema Control Room: 7085055007
5. Airport Help Desk: 7085055011
6. Railway Station Help Desk: 7085055021
The DC Dimapur and Police Commissioner Dimapur have been directed to ensure strict compliance.
In view of the proposed bandh called at Dimapur by PAC on December 10, the Police Department has arranged for 4 buses to ply to Dimapur from Kohima. Travellers, both local and tourists can avail the facility on produce of travel tickets.
The buses will be stationed at NST, Kohima and would depart at the following timings during the day-7.00 am, 10.00 am, 12.00 pm and 03.00 pm.
(Page News Service)
Tourists with valid train/air tickets exempted
Dimapur, December 9: The Public Action Committee (PAC) under the aegis of Naga Council comprising of 19 tribes and civil organizations today said that it is imposing the 12-hour bandh on December 10 from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. to contain multiple taxation, syndicate system, extortion, abductions in Dimapur, the latest incident being the firing incident at a showroom on November 20 last where the culprits are yet to be apprehended.
The PAC appealed to the citizens of Dimapur to extend support and cooperation and maintain peace and tranquility during the bandh period.
The PAC stated that paramilitary, police and district administration, students appearing exams, medical treatment duty, wedding participant with cards and stickers, funerals, tourists travelling outside by train/air with valid tickets, power department personnel with ID cards, press and media have been exempted from the purview of the bandh.
The volunteers have been directed to strictly comply as per the instruction so that no untoward incidents occur. (Page News Service)