UNC issues bandh threat
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 12 2010: Naga frontal organisations will call a 24 hours total bandh with effect from June 13 midnight in case the State Government fails to respond positively to the UNC's five-day ultimatum for revoking the wanted tag imposed on its president and ANSAM president.

A press release issued by the United Naga Council (UNC) informed that the bandh shall also apply to railway line construction from Jiribam to Tupul.

Saying that bandh will be followed by a series of democratic agitation if the tribal people's existence is not respected, it asked the State Government to withdraw all State armed forces from Naga areas and revoke imposition of Section 144 of CrPC in Naga areas.

It further informed Naga Youth Front, students and women organisations, tribe Hohos, village authorities and church leaders to prepare for any eventualities and strictly enforce the protest at their jurisdictions.

Meanwhile, Poumai Naga Women Union (PNNM) has accused the security forces currently stationed at Liyai Khunou of harassing the local villagers.

Numerous reports about the security personnel forcibly taking away private properties like firewood, fruits etc have been received from the villagers, said a PNNM release.

The villagers were threatened when they made any complaint.

Commandos were also reported to invade the privacy of homes to charge their mobile phones and other electronic gadgets even in the absence of house owners, it alleged.

Stating that it opposed militarization of any kind, the PNNM urged upon the authorities to withdraw the commandos immediately.

On the other hand, the Tangkhul Coordination Committee has questioned the silence of the DC and the SP of Ukhrul over re-deployment of police commandos and IRBs in Jessami village.

The committee, in a press release, reminded that 17 MR personnel and 16 SLRs and one carbine were returned to the Ukhrul DC after the security personnel were overpowered by women protesters following an MoU signed between Tangkhul frontal civil organisations and Ukhrul district administration.

According to the MoU, IRB and commandos posted in Ukhrul district would be withdrawn within 12 hours, necessary financial assistance should be extended to the injured people and the guilty security personnel should be identified and disciplinary action initiated against them within 12 hours.

It went on to ask the DC and the SP as to what actions have been initiated against the culprit security personnel.

Failure to pull out the security forces and undermining sentiments of Nagas would compel to launch various forms of democratic agitation, the Tangkhul Coordination Committee added.