Allow medicine transportation : NDMA to SAPO

    29-Mar-2022
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DIMAPUR, Mar 28
The Nagaland Medical Dealer Association (NDMA) has appealed the Southern Angami Public Organisation (SAPO) to allow passage of medicines transportation to Manipur.
The NDMA, while understanding the sentiments of SAPO, requests the organisation to allow passage of medicines transportation to the other state in midst of the indefinite bandh and to consider movement of vehicles pertaining to essentials and life saving medicines, stated a press release from the Association.
The National Highway-2 stretch in the Southern Angami areas being the lifeline of the Manipur State, medicines are not entering the State due to stoppage of vehicular movement creating a panic among the people, it said.
The NDMA also urged the state government to intervene and solve the issue with the SAPO and Manipur Government as early as possible and to allow free passage for supply of medicines on humanitarian ground.
It must be noted here that SAPO initially imposed a 72-hour total bandh within Southern Angami jurisdiction on March 21 restricting entry and exit from/to Manipur, with certain exemptions.
The bandh was called, among others,  in connection to non-withdrawal of Manipur Government armed personnel at Kezoltsa and continued undertaking of developmental activities by the Manipur government in violation to standing agreement with the Tenyimi Public Organisation's (TPO) resolution till any final verdict is served.
The total bandh was later extended to an indefinite bandh with effect from midnight of March 23.  
SAPO cited the failure of the Manipur Government has failed to withdraw its armed personnel and permanent structures within 72 hours from Kezoltsa as demanded.
The Southern Angami Youth Organisation (SAYO), which is spearheading bandh, told media on March 25 that the decision to call off the indefinite bandh “the hands of the Manipur Government itself.”
If the Manipur Government withdraws the armed personnel, SAPO was ready to lift the bandh anytime and that it was up to the former to act in wisdom, the SAYO President then stated.  
According to the Imphal-based Sangai Express, the Manipur State Government has sent its representatives to the Nagaland Government to resolve the matter and thwart any boundary dispute between the two neighbouring States.
A letter was sent to the Chief Secretary, Government of Nagaland on March 23 “which made it clear that the armed personnel and permanent structure are deployed/built within the territory of Manipur and the issue raised by Angami people should be resolved through dialogue.”
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh also reportedly told the State Assembly on Saturday that there is “no contention from the Government of Nagaland that the area where the State Government opened a police outpost belongs to Nagaland” and the issue was raised by one organisation.
Meanwhile,  on March 25, the Tenyimi Peoples' Organisation (TPO) stated that the best way to maintain peace and social harmony is to ‘respect the traditional ownership and adjudicate disputes by trying to bring about understanding without harping so much on the state boundaries.’
An "Arbitration Undertaking" was signed in 2017 by the three contending parties in the land dispute of Kezoltsa/Kozürü/Kazing/Dzükou area – the Southern Angami Public Organisation (SAPO), Mao Council (MC) and Maram Khullen - “unambiguously agreed that the dispute shall be resolved by Naga Customary way and on traditional ownership,” it added.
Accordingly, the TPO charged the Government of Manipur (GoM) of remaining “hell-bent on defying the good intentions of the people working towards amicable resolution of the dispute and restoration of healthy relationship amongst all concerned” despite various appeals and communications.
Morung Express