SAPO temporarily suspends indefinite bandh on NH 2

HY News 31 March, 2022 04:51 pm IST

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The Southern Angami Public Organisation (SAPO) has temporarily suspended the ongoing ‘indefinite bandh’ on the National Highway No. 2 from March 31 at 12 noon.

It is reported that the decision to suspend the indefinite bandh was taken after deliberation with its governing body and frontal organisations on March 31.

A statement signed by SAPO president Kevipodi Sophie and general secretary Swelul Pucho said the shutdown was suspended “basing on the Tenyimi Peoples’ Organization (TPO)” Ultimatum on Manipur to withdraw police forces from Kezoltsa and request to SAPO to lift the blockade thereof published on 31 March,2022, the Nagaland Post”.

Further, SAPO yielded to fervent requests of Angami Public Organization (APO) to lift the Indefinite Bandh for upcoming 50 years Celebrations of Angami Public Organization Golden Jubilee to be held on 8th April, 2022, it said.

However, the SAPO clarified that the relaxation and lifting of Indefinite shutdown is only temporary measures. And that, if the Government of Manipur fails to adhere to the Ultimatum served by TPO to Manipur Government dated 29.03.2022 then, the SAPO in constraint will initiate its own course of action, whereby the Government of Manipur will be held responsible, it added.

National Highways 2 and 53 are the lifelines of Manipur. NH 2 enters the state via Nagaland and is preferred by the transporters. NH 53 enters from Assam but is a much longer route and not preferred due to security reasons.

No commercial or private vehicles are plying to Manipur via Nagaland since March 21 when the Southern Angami Public Organisation (SAPO) enforced the bandh.

Initially, the organisation had called a 72-hour bandh in protest against Manipur government’s construction activities and deployment of armed personnel to the disputed Kezoltsa/Dzuko valley. The bandh was subsequently extended for an indefinite period.

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