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SAPO Bandh continues to strangle Manipur’s lifeline, trucks, essential services stuck

Manipur’s lifeline National Highway 39 continues to remains cut off with the Nagaland-based Southern Angami Public Organization refusing to call off the indefinite blockade until the Manipur government agrees to

Manipur’s lifeline National Highway 39 continues to remains cut off with the Nagaland-based Southern Angami Public Organization refusing to call off the indefinite blockade until the Manipur government agrees to its demand of removing its armed personnel and permanent structures from the disputed Kezoltsa area.

Scores of trucks could be seen stranded along the highway near the border with Manipur even as private vehicles were being sent back by the protesters. The NH-39 which connects Nagaland and Manipur, is a lifeline for the latter.

Speaking to Northeast Live, President Southern Angami Youth Organization, Mete-khrie-lie Mejura said that it has been 72 hours since the bandh has been imposed but there is no response from the Manipur government yet, hence the organization has now gone for an indefinite bandh.

The SAPO president also stated while many are asking for calling off of the bandh, the decision to do so was not in the hands of the organization or any other authority. Mejura added that it is the Manipur government which can pave way for solution by moving the security personnel from the area.

Speaking on the boundary issue, the SAPO president claimed that political boundary in place is an imaginary demarcation and cannot determine things. He added that the SAPO will go by the traditional boundary that the Naga people have believed in since decades and if the Nagaland government requires any proof or documents pertaining to it, the same can be provided.

The SAPO president maintained that their protest is peaceful in nature.

Meanwhile, the SAPO president added that the organization requests the Manipur government to come up with a positive response soon so that peace prevails and the cordial relation between the states and the people doesn’t get affected. The SAPO maintained that it wants peace and cordial relations with Manipur.
It may be mentioned that the Manipur government had written to its Nagaland counterpart asking it to ensure the withdrawal of the bandh for sake of the public and maintenance of peace.

First Published: 25th March, 2022 23:54 IST



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