Kohima: The Southern Angami Public Organization (SAPO) on Wednesday announced its decision to indefinitely extend the ongoing total bandh along the Nagaland-Manipur border after the Manipur government failed to withdraw forces at Kezoltsa area.

The bandh from 1 am on Monday till 12 pm on Wednesday was extended within the southern Angami jurisdiction bordering Manipur.

“The decision has been taken after the Manipur government failed to withdraw its armed personnel and permanent structures within 72 hours from the Kezoltsa area,”  SAYO informed.

During the indefinite bandh against the state of Manipur, para-military forces on duty, ambulance with patients, press/media, Tenyimi Public Organization (TPO) executives and it’s unit executives, TPO Board of Arbitrators (BoA) on production of valid document will be exempted.

SAYO president Kevipodi Sophie, and general secretary Swelul Pucho, informed that the indefinite bandh will continue till the demands of the SAPO are met.

Terming the bandh along the Nagaland-Manipur border as “unfortunate”, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio said that the issue is a matter of concern and needs to be resolved.

The chief minister, on the floor of the ongoing state Assembly session, said that the state government is dealing with the neighboring states to resolve border issues.

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