Ukhrul, Manipur, Sep. 2 ANI | 3 months ago

As it boycotted the government, the United Naga Council (UNC) ),an apex political organisation of the northeastern Nagas in Ukhrul district of Manipur, called for a total ban on constructions of all National Projects and any kind of vehicular movement along the National Highways in effect from 06 a.m on Thursday.

The ban resolution was passed after UNC President, L. Adani, convened a high level meeting with representatives of Naga Civil Organisations, a public body and Chiefs of different Nagaland tribes which chalked out their future course of action.

The decision was taken in wake of the incident which occurred on August 30 at Ukhrul town when two persons were killed and 26 civilians and security forces were injured in violent police firing to control a rally protesting against the imposition of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) 144 in the district.

UNC President, Adani said that in the meeting they have chalked the decision of imposing the ban in protest against the recent killings of civilians.

"We have, in the president council, we have decided to reiterate political boycott of the government of India. We have to declare the two people who were killed as martyrs of the Naga cause, of the Naga issue, and they will be honoured such in long times to come. Because of our hurt sentiments, because of the situation that is been created by the government of Manipur we will be enforcing a total ban on all construction work in National Projects in Naga areas."Adani said.

The UNC demanded an Alternative Arrangement (AA) for the people of northeast Manipur state for the prevailing tense situation.

A student activist, Ashung, was disappointed with the imposition of Criminal Procedure Code in the state which he considers a threat to democratic rights and affects their freedom of movement.

"This CrPC 144 (Criminal Procedure Code) should be removed immediately because everybody knows it does not make sense at all. Because this Ukhrul was in peace, but by sending up those state forces, the issues are cropping up more and more. And I think people are not really satisfied with their behaviours also. Not just the 30th incident," said Ashung.

Meanwhile, 16 Naga tribes of Manipur along with the UNC members, the Naga Hoho, the apex body of the Nagas joined the condolence service of the two protesters, Mayopam Ramror and V.S. Ramkasing and showed solidarity and oneness.

The funeral programme was organised at the Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) Ground which was allotted by the Tangkhul, apex customary body and around ten thousand people attended the last rites of the deceased for their heroic act for the cause of Naga community.

After the district administration requisitioned paramilitary forces, 41 Assam Rifles took over the responsibility of area. The troops were patrolling along major roads of the town since early morning so as to avert any unwanted incidents and repercussions.

(Posted on 03-09-2014)

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