A 12-hour total shutdown will be imposed from 6 am to 6 pm in Naga areas on October 31, said a UNC release

Senapati: The United Naga Council (UNC) has called for a 12-hour bandh in ‘Naga areas’ on October 31 to urge the negotiating parties to expedite the proposed Naga peace talks.

Announcing the decision, soon after its executive meeting held at Senapati in Manipur on Monday, the UNC said, “A 12-hour total shutdown will be imposed from 6 am to 6 pm in Naga areas under the UNC jurisdiction on October 31 to urge the negotiating parties to expedite the historic Indo-Naga Framework Agreement based on unique history of the Nagas and situation at the earliest”.

The UNC also urged the tribe ‘hohos’, frontal organisations and district apex organisations to strictly enforce the total shutdown in their respective jurisdictions.

According to the UNC, medical, education, power, water supply, religion-related programmes and media services will be exempted from the purview of the shutdown. “Anyone defying the total shutdown shall be at their own risk,” warned the UNC.

The UNC further said that the Naga people are eagerly waiting for the settlement of the Naga political issue. “The government of India must exhibit its political will to resolve the issue. For how long the Naga people should suffer?” the UNC said.

The decision of the UNC executive meeting came after the UNC had organised Naga public meetings last month asking the government of India and the NSCN-IM to hold the ongoing dialogue in a “time bound manner”.

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