Panic in Nagaland as citizens fear Kashmir-like total shutdown

Panic in Nagaland as citizens fear Kashmir-like total shutdown

Last updated on: October 24, 2019 at 11:46 pm IST

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  • State Govt silent; appears unsure of unfolding situation
  • NAP IRB asked to stock 2 months ration

Dimapur, October 24: A near panic situation is rife in Nagaland with citizens here, including non-Naga residents of the State, fearing the worse in the event of a breakdown in the peace process as the impasse continue in the Indo-Naga talks between the Government of India and the NSCN (IM).
The situation in Nagaland is compounded by the total silence of the elected Government here, who appear itself unsure of what will happen next if the Naga talk fails. The Government of India appears to be playing the unfolding situation here close to the chest without divulging anything to the elected Government.
Anticipating a Jammu & Kashmir like shutdown by the Centre in Nagaland in the wake of the abrogation of Article 370 there earlier this year, citizens of Nagaland have resorted to panic buying of essential commodities for more than a week now, even as the Government of Nagaland continues to remain tightlipped and has not issued any statement to assure the citizen that there is no reason to panic.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton, who is also the Home Minister, are yet to issue any statement calling for calm as the panic situation unfolds here. The CM is reportedly camping in New Delhi for some time now.
Interestingly public panic was fuelled by actions of the State Government, who itself appears to be unsure and uninformed of what situation will dawn in Nagaland if the peace process breaks down.
While at first most citizens of Nagaland dismissed the panic buying spree by a section of the public since a week back as something unwarranted and childish, it has now come to light that Nagaland Police has issue directive to all unit Commandants of Nagaland Armed Police Indian Reserve Battalions to keep at least two months stock of rations and fuel “in view of the fluid situation in the state.”
The “WT Message” issued by IG of Police ABn-IR was sent to the commandants of 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 NAP (IR) battalions. The message has gone viral on social media and has raised apprehensions amongst the people of the State.
Nagaland Page tried to confirm about the said directive but police officials refused to comment.
As reported earlier in Nagaland Page, security forces have started conducting frisking in several places across the State and Naga inhabited areas in neighbouring states.
The State Government has directed Deputy Commissioners and administrative officers to remain in their place of posting and within their jurisdiction till further orders. It has also banned leave and recalled all police personnel on leave except those on medical and maternity leaves already sanctioned.
The DGP Nagaland had also issued an order cancelling the police duty cum sports meet 2019 on account of “exigent and unavoidable circumstances”. The PHQ has also banned all kinds of leave and directed all unit commanders to recall all officers and personnel on leave immediately except those on medical leave.
(Page News Service)