MOREH, Oct 20: The United Tribal People Organisation (UTPO) and the All Tribal Sandstone Labour Association (ATSLA), Moreh have called an indefinite bandh on Pallel-Moreh road.
Speaking to media persons at Khudengthabi today, UTPO general secretary M Tantanga said that a meeting was held with Tribal Affairs and Hills Minister N Kayisii on August 23 on the demands of UTPO.
However, as N Kayisii could not take a decision, another meeting was held with Forest Minister Th Shyamkumar on September 6.
Shyamkumar too could not give any concrete reply to the demands of the UTPO. Subsequently, a meeting was scheduled at the level of the Chief Minister on September 26 but the proposed meeting was later cancelled, Tantanga said.
Even though the UTPO had given sufficient time to the State Government to come out with a response to their demands, there has been no response till date, he continued.
As such, the UTPO and ATSLA have decided to impose indefinite bandh on Pallel-Moreh road from today midnight. Religious activities, electricity, water supply and medical services would be exempted from the purview of the general strike/bandh, he added.
According to a press release issued by UTPO, their demands include de-notification of Yangoupokpi Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary, revocation of the order whereby some villages of Tengnoupal district were notified as reserved forest and lifting of the ban on sand and stone mining in Tengnoupal district.
The UTPO has also been demanding cancellation of the Government’s plan to set up police/IRB outposts at Thamlapokpi, Lulun Lamkhai, between Tarao Lamkhai and Senam OP, Khongkhang, Leingangtabi, Lokchao bridge, Kwatha Lamkhai, T Zoumunaum village and ADC Moreh complex.