DIMAPUR, JUNE 5 (MExN): The Dimapur Chamber of commerce and Industry (DCCI) made it clear today that it was not opposed to the cause of the All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU).
“Rather the issue was student body calling for ‘indefinite’ peaceful bandh without any due consultation with the DCCI which was totally uncalled for. The DCCI had no choice but to see to its welfare and the consumers at large. Further, it would like to make it clear to student bodies and the public that indefinite bandh only leads to massive negative effect not only on the business community but on all front in our daily lives,” a press note from the DCCI stated.
It meanwhile expressed solidarity with the students’ community and condemned the highhanded manner in which the state government handled the June 4 protest in Kohima. “The use of force to silence the democratic voice by lathi charge, water cannon and arrest instead of listening to their plight was very unfortunate. The action amounts to a denial of citizen rights to air their grievances,” it stated.
It questioned what the state government is “trying to teach the future generation by using such a brutal force; it suggests that the government should learn to deal with students with patience and respect who are our future.”
The DCCI meanwhile said that due to the celebration of Eid, the Muslim business community could not open their shops on June 5. “However, the rest of the business community opened their business establishment and business was conducted smoothly and as usual,” it informed, while thanking all its frontals organization, welfare committee, business community, police and administration for their corporation.
It further cautioned the business community not to give in to the social media rumours regarding bandhs or shutter down calls but rely on DCCI official directions.