Indefinite bandh on against 'no entry'
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, May 05 2010: Tamenglong based organisations have clamped an indefinite bandh on National Highway-53 in protest against the State Cabinet's decision to prohibit entry of NSCN (IM) general secretary Th Muivah into Manipur.

The bandh already enforced since 2.30 pm yesterday, is being called by Zeliangrong Students' Union, Manipur (ZSUM), Inpui Students Union and Zeliangrong Youth From (Assam, Manipur, Nagaland).

As a part of the agitation, traders of Noney and Tupul shut shutters even as suspected bandh supporters damaged four Tata Sumo heading towards Imphal from Jiribam, at Noney Bazar this morning.

Moreover, passenger carriers coming to Imphal side from Jiribam and Tamenglong district headquarters returned from where they had started the journey as passage through noney Bazar was impossible.

Some passengers descended from the vehicles and started to proceed on foot to their respective destinations.

Reports also suggest that several number of vehicles that left Imphal today returned from Tupul where a Tata Sumo was stoned damaging the wind-shield.

On the otherhand large banners welcoming the Naga rebel leader were put up at Noney and Tupul areas.

The banners were inscribed 'Welcome to Th Muivah Ato Kilonser to our Homeland Nagalim'.

Posters with Muivah's photo were also put up at many places including at hotels and shops in Noney section of the NH-53 .

The posters apart from condemning alleged 'terrorising of Naga people' also welcomed 'peace negotiator Th Muivah' on his proposed home coming.

Interacting with newspersons at Noney Bazar today, ZSUM's general secretary Chungthuingai Kamei and Inpui Students' Union general secretary James Inka expressed that Th Muivah's objective of coming to Manipur for his native village (Somdal) is to bring unity and promote peaceful co-existence among the hill and valley people and has no inimical intention as had been projected by the Government of Manipur.

While iterating that the ADC Act should be amended first before going ahead with the Council elections, they also demanded that decision of the State Cabinet to prohibit Muivah's entry be revoked so as to facilitate homecoming of the NSCN (IM) supremo.