ENPO Extends ‘Public Emergency’ in Eastern Nagaland

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The Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) has decided to extend the “public emergency” in eastern Nagaland, following a meeting with tribal leaders and various groups in Tuensang on Tuesday.

The decision to extend the “public emergency” comes in response to the dissatisfaction among the residents of eastern Nagaland regarding delays by the Indian government in creating a separate territory for the region. The ENPO had initially declared the “public emergency” earlier this week, leading to the imposition of bandhs (shutdowns) that severely impacted normal life in the area.

The primary grievance stems from the Indian government’s delay in settling the offer for the creation of the “Frontier Nagaland Territory.” This proposed territory comprises six eastern districts of Nagaland, and the ENPO has been actively advocating for its establishment.

During the meeting in Tuensang, ENPO president Tsapikyu Sangtam addressed tribal leaders and members, stressing the importance of unity in achieving the desired goal for the people of eastern Nagaland. Sangtam emphasized the need for inclusivity, urging all individuals, regardless of their political or social affiliations, to unite for the cause.

Members present at the meeting conducted a thorough review of the current status of the ongoing bandh across the entire eastern Nagaland jurisdiction. They unanimously agreed to intensify collaborative efforts and coordinate actions to ensure the successful implementation of restrictions imposed under the “public emergency.” These actions serve as a collective expression of resentment against the central government for its perceived failure to honor commitments.

To address the concerns of the people, the meeting decided to relax or exempt certain essential services from the restrictions. Public movement with private vehicles, all government and private educational institutions, power departments, medical emergencies, fire and emergency services, PHED (domestic lines), banking, postal services and telecommunications, business establishments, and private constructions will be exempted from the imposed restrictions.

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