Manipur bandh begins, Zeliangrong Baudi lends its weight
Newmai News Network
TAMENGLONG, April 23
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Zeliangrong Baudi, Assam, Manipur and Nagaland (ZB-AMN) said it fully endorses the decision of calling a 48-hour bandh in ‘Zeliangrong areas’ with effect from midnight of April 23 by the Zeliangrong Students’ Union Manipur (ZSUM).
ZB-AMN said it strongly condemns the Manipur Government and its deliberate use of tools and ineffective policy of handling the heinous crimes incidents that took place April 13 and 19 in Jiribam, Imphal East district, which led to communal volatile situation.
According to the ZB-AMN, repeated press statements were made by various tribal organizations, the victims and the Joint Action Committee (JAC) had filed FIR at Jiribam Police Station, Jiribam, Imphal East district to take action against the culprits and punish them according to the law and to compensate the victims for the properties damaged but the concerned authority is said to be not taking any prompt action and letting them to move freely.The irresponsible manner and the ineffective dealing policy of the state Government on the prevailing communal flare up situation in Imphal East District of Jiribam, alarms the civilian lives and security.
The bandh is directed against the Government of Manipur led by Okram Ibobi Singh Chief Minister of Manipur and its concerned Home Department of inaction to the escalated communal tensions letting the accused to roam freely, stated the Zeliangrong Baudi.
It then said the 48-hour bandh is just the beginning of the series of follow up agitations work out of Zeliangrong organizations.
“If the State Government is not responding positively, severe form of agitations will be initiated in the next few days. During the bandh, no vehicular movements are allowed on the road; passengers, private, Government, railway, power Grid construction, except for extra-ordinary cases like medical, marriage, media, water supply, post office etc. All Government establishments are directed to shut down during the bandh and the organization cautioned that defaulters will be doing so at their own risks.