The Southern Angami Public Organisation (SAPO) has “temporarily suspended” its indefinite bandh with effect from 12 noon of March 31 with certain conditions.
The decision to suspend the bandh, along the National Highway No 2 (Dimapur – Imphal road), was made after the “governing body” of SAPO and “frontal organisations” deliberated on the issue.
The bandh started on March 21 blocking vehicular movements. This has severely affected Manipur.
“The Tenyimi People’s Organisation’s (TPO) ‘ultimatum on Manipur government to withdraw police forces from Kezoltsa and request to SAPO to lift the blockade thereof’ published on March 31 (Nagaland Post)” was one of the reasons given by SAPO to suspend the bandh, according to a statement from the Angami body.
“Fervent request of Angami Public Organisation (APO) to lift the indefinite bandh for upcoming 50 years celebration of APO Golden Jubilee to be held on April 8,” was another reason for March 31’s SAPO decision to suspend the bandh.
“The SAPO further notifies that the relaxation and lifting of indefinite bandh is only temporary measure,” the statement said, while cautioning that “if the government of Manipur fails to adhere the ultimatum served by TPO to Manipur government dated March 29, then, the SAPO will initiate its own course of action, whereby the Government of Manipur will be held responsible.”