Kohima: A day after a public rally was held in Peren town, around 600 residents gathered at Jalukie town under Peren district on Wednesday to show their resentment against the state government. The rally was organized by the Zeliangrong Students Union, Nagaland (ZSUN) and the Kuki Students Organization (KSO).
Speaking with EastMojo over telephone, ZSUN president Dituibo Newmai said that the around 600 persons took part in the peaceful rally which lasted for nearly two hours. With around 600 participants, he said that COVID-19 protocols were maintained during the protest.
Newmai recalled that on Tuesday, more than 100 persons joined the protest at Peren town after which a re-affirmed ultimatum was submitted to the deputy commissioner. On June 10, it served a seven-day ultimatum to chief minister Neiphiu Rio with its four-point demands.
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They demanded prompt action against erring officials of June 3 incident where a positive patient was released from Dimapur quarantine centre along with other 16 inbound passengers to Peren. Their other demands include establishing 100-bedded COVID hospital in the district with modern facilities at the earliest, to immediately provide adequate tools and machineries to set up makeshift ICU and BSL-2 in the district hospital, and to post sufficient staff to man the hospital.
“It is our earnest appeal to the government of Nagaland to take stock of the situation out here,” said Newmai. While its demands include prompt action against the erring officials, he said: “To err is human. We do accept that. But if the government is responsible for sending the virus in to our district, our district people should also be compensated with better facilities.”
With the growing number of positive cases in the district, he said: “Now we have already 85 cases in our district. So in this regard the state government should act firmly with seriousness without failing our people this time.”
Revealing that the state government had requested the student body to withdraw the ultimatum, he said that it was “turned down” as it is the “need of the hour”.
With instances of violations of the SOPs, he suggested that the state government must come up with a another mode of strategies to tackle the situations.
He also informed that the public protest will continue in other towns across the district in the coming days as well.
“Many lapses and error is been committed from the end of the government’s side, so the government should try to strategize this or else we are very apprehensive now,” he added.