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ZYF to strictly enforce 48 hr ban

IMPHAL:The Zeliangrong Youth Front has stated that it will strictly enforce the 48 hour bandh called by United Naga Council (UNC), the apex body of Nagas in the State of Manipur, from February 4 to 6 demanding an early political settlement of Nagas.

Stating that violators of the bandh would be considered as “anti-Naga and anti tribal people”, a press release from ZYF warned that any untoward incident occurred shall be at the risk and responsibility of the violators.

ZYF was reacting to a call by Imphal based organizations’ proposal to hold a rally on February 6 at Imphal “attempting to sabotage the hard earned peace process presently undergoing between the Govt. of India and Naga political group.”

The valley based civil Organizations led by UCM and AMUCO have been holding awareness campaigns confining in valley districts, ZYF alleged and added, “Therefore, the propose rally would be sans participation of Nagas and tribal.”

“Nagas and tribal participation in the rally may be out of insecurity and fear but not out of will due to the circumstances and situation of their settlement in the Imphal and peripheries of valley districts,” the front maintained.

ZYF cited the rallies in Naga districts of Manipur organized by the Naga people reflecting the political aspiration of Nagas and supporting the ongoing peace negotiation while at the same time demanding for early political solution were held. “The position of the Nagas is very clear that peaceful settlement is the best option for permanent peace to prevail,” ZYF maintained.

The youth front asserted that it was time for the people of the northeast region to support the genuine and long political struggle of the Nagas so that an early settlement can be achieved. The Nagas can then reciprocate on others’ cause and permanent peace would prevail in the region, it contended.

In this regard, the ZYF has appealed to all to extend fullest cooperation to send a strong message that the Nagas want early political settlement.

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