SAYO bandh puts brake on public transport

Our Correspondent
Kohima | July 11

The first day of the 96-hour total bandh called by Southern Angami Youth Organization (SAYO) passed off peacefully without any untoward incident even as scores of vehicles including passenger taxis, buses and trucks carrying essential commodities were stranded along the National Highway. The total bandh called by SAYO, which began from 12noon today, was enforced at two points under Southern Angami jurisdiction – one at Kigwema and the other at Kezo Town.

The 96-hour total bandh is being called by SAYO in protest against what it called the Manipur government’s “inaction” in arresting the culprits involved in the June 21 incident wherein a Tata Mobile was hijacked after its driver and companion were drugged at a wayside restaurant at Tadubi under Senapati district of Manipur.

As part of the bandh, SAYO volunteers are maintaining checkpoints at Kigwema and Kezo town, restricting the movement on Manipur vehicles as well as local taxis ferrying passengers belonging to Manipuri community from crossing its jurisdiction.

Talking to this Correspondent, SAYO President Peter ZashIImo expressed resentment that the Manipur government is not at all sincere in addressing the issue and cautioned that in the event of failure to give positive response, SAYO will be compelled to resort to more stringent means to seek redressal of its demands.

Meanwhile media reports from Imphal stated that the Manipur opposition leader L Ibomcha of Keishamthong raised a call attention motion in the Assembly on July 10. Responding to the motion, Manipur Home Minister Gaikhangam informed the House that the government is trying its best to resolve the matter by holding talks with the Nagaland Government.

With the arrest of the said involved persons besides recovering the said vehicles, he added, “I hope there would be an amicable solution soon.” Two brothers, both residents of Wangoi Santipur Mayai Leikai were arrested on June 24 while the stolen Tata DI vehicle and a Maruti car used by the criminals have been recovered by the Manipur police. 

The indefinite bandh on Nagaland sector of the National Highway 2 (formerly NH 39) particularly Kohima-Mao section since Friday last has severely affected the movement of Manipur-bound vehicles.