ENPO indefinite shutdown crippled normal life in eastern districts

ENPO indefinite shutdown crippled normal life in eastern districts

Kohima: Normal life was badly affected in six districts of eastern Nagaland on Monday as the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization(ENPO)  announced an indefinite shutdown in the region to demand a separate state, officials said.
According to the police, due to the bandh called by ENPO, the apex organization of seven Naga tribes in six districts, government and non-government offices including shops, businesses, educational institutions were closed and most of the vehicles were missing from the roads. .
Emergency services including electric supply, and media other than medical and weddings, however, were exempted from the ambit of the ban.
The ENPO is demanding that the six most backward eastern districts of Mon, Tuensang, Longleng, Kiphire, Noklak, and Shamator be carved out to form a separate ‘Frontier Naga Territory’ state, where the seven backward tribes – Chang, Khiamniungan, Konyak, Phom, Tikhir, Sangtam, and Yimkhiung — spread out.

The Naga body has also resolved on March 5 not to allow any political party to undertake any campaign in the six districts for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls till the settlement of their demand. It enforced a “public emergency” on March 8 in support of their demand.

The ENPO and its associated organisations, in support of its separate state demand, gave a call to boycott last year’s Assembly polls but subsequently withdrew the boycott call following the assurance from Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Responding to the ENPO’s demand, the Union Home Ministry last year formed a three-member committee, headed by Adviser, Northeast, A.K. Mishra, and the panel visited Nagaland several times and talked with all concerned, including the ENPO leaders.

Regarding the demand for a separate state, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio recently said that the state government has already recommended, to the Centre, that an autonomous region be set up for the people belonging to the eastern region.

Governor La Ganesan, while addressing a government function recently, said that due to historical and geographical factors, some parts of the state, especially eastern Nagaland areas are still lagging in terms of infrastructure and socio-economic parameters.

The state and the Central governments are seized of this issue and both are firmly committed to suitably address them with the urgency it deserves, he had said.

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