CHANDEL, June 17: The first day of the UNC’s 48 Hrs total bandh in Chandel district hit normal life here in the district today.
During the bandh, the district head quarter town Chandel looked deserted as all shop keepers kept their shutters down and all private vehicles and passenger busses, Tata Sumo and auto-rickshaw stayed of the road.
Govt offices recorded low attendance. State bank of India Chandel branch and UCO bank Chandel remained closed. However educational institutions in the district functioned normally.
The National Hihghway No 2 (Pallel- Moreh), Pallel- Chandel Road, Chandel- Chakpikarong via Sugnu road were blocked and there was no movement of vehicles along these roads.
Led by its president Sng Lumdil, Maha Area Chiefs Association Chandel enforced bandh at DC Lamkhai thereby blocking the road. Bandh volunteers also blocked the road at Liwa Changning and Thamlapokpi village.
All shops in Chakpikarong bazaar also remained closed. Movement of passenger carrying buses and sumos plying along Chakpikarong-Chandel via Khambathel were also suspended. The president of ANCACSD, RD Thumdang while talking to this reporter informed of the Chiefs’ support to the UNC by keeping the town shut and suspending all vehicular movements throughout the day.
Advisor of Western Valley Area Chiefs’ Association BD James while speaking to media informed of the association’s solidarity and support to the United Naga Council.
Later, briefing the media, CNPO president Ws Kanral Anal drew the attention of the government to fulfil the demand of Alternative Arrangement which has been raised by UNC.
Stating that the UNC’s demand is true, he expressed assurance of support and solidarity to UNC in taking the cause of of Nagas forward.
He informed that the bandh will be intensified and appealed to the public for cooperation.