Shops in Dimapur down shutters after NSCN (IM) called for shutdown to protest GoI’s silence on FA
Dimapur, Aug. 3 (EMN): Shops and business establishments in and around Dimapur remained closed on Tuesday morning after the NSCN (IM) called to down shutters from August 2 midnight to August 3, 12 noon.
The group had called for a 12-hour total shutdown in all Naga-inhabited areas as a mark of protest against the government of India’s “silence” on the Framework Agreement (FA) which was signed on August 3, 2015.
However, unaware of the shutdown call, a group of church members from Longsa village in Wokha district reached Dimapur at around 11 pm on Aug. 2 with a truckload of vegetables to be sold at Super Market in Dimapur. The initiative was aimed at raising funds for the jubilee celebration of St. Peter Church Longsa.
One of the church members informed Eastern Mirror that they reached Dimapur with the vegetables on Monday and eight of them had to sleep on the pavement to guard their goods, as they had unloaded their items by the roadside of the Super Market area to be sold on Tuesday morning.
The church member informed that they were not aware of the 12-hour bandh called by the NSCN (IM) and had planned the initiative at the beginning of the year.
Much to their respite, they were glad to be able to sell their goods after the shutdown ended at noon. They added that they would leave for Longsa on Tuesday itself if all their goods were sold off.
He informed that all the vegetables were donated by the villagers for the church to raise funds for the youth golden jubilee celebration in December.