Indefinite bandh on NH-2 in Wokha district from February 8
DIMAPUR — The civil society organisations (CSOs) of Wokha district have announced indefinite bandh of the National Highway passing through Wokha district, with effect from 6 am of February 8.
The CSOs, in a joint press release, informed that the decision was taken after the expiry of the five-day ultimatum served to deputy commissioner of Wokha on February 1.
The CSOs, in the ultimatum, had demanded for resumption of work of the two-lane stretch NH-2 (Old NH-61) from Km 72.40 to Km 83.00.
However, the CSOs lamented that despite the expiry of the deadline, the district administration, Department of National Highways and the concerned contractor (TTC Infra India) had failed to resume work.
All vehicles coming from other districts shall be banned from entering Wokha district, and citizens planning to travel through Wokha district have been requested to take note and make travel plans accordingly.
However, except for government registered vehicles, intra-district vehicular movement shall be allowed.
Also, police, paramilitary forces, medical services including ambulances and private vehicles carrying patients or dead bodies, fire and emergency services, postal services and the press, are exempted from the purview of the bandh.
“The indefinite bandh shall be lifted only after our demands are met including addressing our various grievances, which have already been submitted in our numerous correspondences and negotiations with the concerned authorities, and immediate commencement of said work which has been arbitrarily stopped,” the release stated.
Meanwhile, the CSOs have appealed to the Lothas in particular and Nagas in general to understand their genuine demand for realising “our right to have good roads, and to extend us your kind cooperation and support in our fight for justice.”
The CSOs include the Lotha Hoho, Lotha Eloe Hoho, Lotha Students’ Union, Wokha District Village Council Chairmen Association, Joint Action Committee, Wokha Town Colonies’ Chairmen Union and All Commercial Vehicle Association, Wokha.