24-hr hill bandh today
Source: Hueiyen News Service / Newmai News Network

Imphal, April 11 2010: Supporting the All Naga Students' Association Manipur (ANSAM)'s move of imposing economic blockade along the two national highways in the state, the Manipur Tribal Joint Action Committee Against Elections Under Unwanted District Council Act has called a separate 24 hours 'total bandh in all the tribal inhabited district of Manipur' starting from the mid-night of April 12 .

GK.Rongmei, chairman of the tribal body against the elections under unwanted district council Act said that the bandh will cover all activities including the construction of railways line from Jiri to Imphal.

However, he added that essential services will be relaxed from the purview of the bandh.

The chairman asserted, "The new trend of the Manipur government to hold ethnic based election is imprudent and dangerous policy which seemingly incites tension among different groups of Manipur," adding, "such kind of divide and rule policy among the tribals should be stopped forthwith as it invites unwanted social upheaval".

While welcoming all the tribal organizations partaking against the ongoing district council issue, the tribal body urged the general public to co-operate during their bandh.

It also warned that the bandh violators shall be at their own risk.