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Indefinite bandh against Manipur will be withdrawn if its forces are withdrawn from Kezoltsa: SAYO

Nagaland News

KOHIMA, MARCH 25: The Southern Angami Youth Organization (SAYO) today affirmed that its parent body Southern Angami Public Organisation (SAPO) will lift the indefinite bandh on movement of Manipur bound vehicles once the Manipur Government withdraws its armed personnel from the disputed area in Kezoltsa.
Interacting with media persons at Kimipfuphe ground, Kigwema under Kohima district, SAYO President Metekhrielie Mejura said the decision to call off the indefinite bandh lies not with the Nagaland Government, the SAPO, SAYO or any other organisations or body but in the hands of the Manipur Government itself.
Asking as to why the Manipur Government was hesitant to take a simple step of removing its forces who have illegally occupied Kezoltsa, Mejura said the Manipur Government’s reasons are baseless. He claimed that Manipur encroached the land, which was inherited by Southern Angami forefathers since time immemorial.
He said that the political boundary was just an imaginary line demarcated without the consent of the land owners.
Stating that Nagas upholds the unique traditional rights and cultural values, Mejura reminded that the matter was with the Tenyimi Public Organization (TPO) to resolve the issue. He added that the Southern Angamis will abide by and uphold the traditional decision making body.
“Despite all humble and polite approaches to withdraw armed personnel and to stop any developmental activities, they never paid heed in any manner. This is the reason why we have brought the issue to the streets and by triggering indefinite bandh”, he said.
As for the stand of the Organziation, he said it will sternly pursue the demands of the SAPO. (Page News Service)