Manipuri youth body in Assam cautions counter bandh

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Imphal: The All Assam Manipuri Youths’ Association (AAMYA) has urged the Southern Angami Public Organisation (SAPO) to withdraw its indefinite bandh along National Highway 2 at the earliest.

The AAMYA is very much irked by the extension of the bandh called by the SAPO with effect from the adjoining midnight of March 23 and 24 for withdrawal of the Manipur Police Armed personnel and permanent structures well within the within the present political boundary of Manipur, AAMYA said.

In fact, the indefinite bandh called by SAPO is quite illogical because the position of the Manipur Armed Personnel and the permanent structures are well within the political boundary of Manipur beyond the Jurisdiction of SAPO and are understood to have aimed at protecting the ecosystem (every one should remember the forest fire that happened), safeguarding and assisting the villagers along the Manipur Nagaland border and so it is in the interest of both the states. If ,at all, this arrangement affects public life, let the two governments discuss on it officially and maturely, it said.

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“We are just out of the corona crisis; the trucks and other vehicles are rushing their way to Imphal with immediate responsibilities. They are all stranded on the highway. This irresponsible and inhuman act of SAPO can only increase hostility amongst the different people of the north-east and escalate tension at the border. This highway is the lifeline of not only Manipur but also of Nagaland and Assam,” it added.

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“If we have to live together peacefully in this north-eastern part of India, we should respect each other and should not hold the highway as a cheap bait to raise petty personal and malicious agenda,” it said.

Public harassment in any form breeds hatred and conflict. It’s high time to change our pressure tactics. There is always a peaceful and democratic way out of a problem howsoever grave it may be. “So, we suggest that the SAPO withdraws the indefinite bandh in the interest of the people at the earliest. Otherwise, there will be counter bands or other counter measures along the Assam Nagaland border also or in any area covered by Manipuri organisations led by AAMYA in Assam,” it added.

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