UNC 24 hrs bandh total
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 21 (NNN): The United Naga Council (UNC) sponsored 24-hour bandh in the four hill districts of Manipur was more or less a success.

Reports said that the bandh was total and peaceful except for a stray incident in Senapati district.

The UNC in a press release said that the 24-hour bandh in Tamenglong, Senapati, Chandel and Ukhrul was total.

Our Ukhrul correspondent reports that the bandh was total at the district headquarters with shops downing shutters and everyone staying off the road.

Only bandh enforcers could be seen moving around.

The bandh in Ukhrul was spearheaded by the Tangkhul Naga Long.

The bandh was also successful in Chandel, reports our correspondent.

The bandh was however peaceful without any untoward incident.

The Naga Students' Federation has also extended its moral support to the economic blockade imposed by ANSAM, adds our correspondent.

The bandh which began since last midnight and will end tonight at 12 o�clock was called in protest against the Manipur Government decision to declare June 18 as State holiday (Manipur Integrity Day).

�The UNC bandh was total and the Naga people have responded overwhelmingly to the bandh which was called against the decision of the Government of Manipur to declare June 18 as a state holiday (Manipur Integrity Day),� said the UNC press release which was made available to Newmai News Network by its Information and Publicity secretary S Milan.

The UNC expressed its deepest gratitude to all the presidents of Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL), Zeliangrong Union of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland, Naga Peoples' Organisation (NPO), Chandel Naga Peoples' Organisation (CNPO), Naga Students Union, Chandel (NSUC), Senapati District Students Association (SDSA), Zeliangrong Youth Front (ZYF), Tangkhul Katamnao Long (TKS), other student bodies, volunteers and the general public for the �fullest co-operation� in making the UNC sponsored bandh a great success, said the release.

All shops and other business establishment, educational institutions and Government offices were closed today in support of the bandh, said the release.

Vehicles were off the roads today including Inter-district roads on the two national highways, added the UNC statement.

The UNC expressed its gratitude to the government and non-government employees in the four hill districts four attending offices on June 18.