Dimapur, Jan. 12 (EMN): With no positive response from the state government on its demand for a separate district, the Rengma Selo Zi (RSZ) and the Rengma Students’ Union (RSU) have announced to resume its ‘suspended indefinite bandh’ with effect from January 13 at 10 a.m. onwards till the demand is met.
RSZ and RSU in its meeting on December 31, 2017, resolved not to lift the ‘indefinite bandh’ till the Tseminyu district demand was met. However, the two organisations had temporarily suspended the bandh on January 5, 2018, in deference to the call of Rengma Hoho on humanitarian grounds.
A joint press release issued by RSZ president Kenneth Kath and RSU president stated that the bandh was suspended despite much opposition from all quarters before the demand was met. With the government’s apathy attitude, the Rengma community felt deprived and discriminated and begun to doubt the government’s dedication towards the people’s real issues and concerns.
RSZ and RSU also warned that unlike the earlier bandh, the ensuing bandh would be enforced in greater magnitude and force for which the government would be held solely responsible for any untoward incident arising out of the incident. It informed that relaxation would be restricted only to a bare minimum with only on ‘very emergency cases of ‘death and life’ at the discretion of the enforcing authorities.
RSZ and RSU, while conveying its regret to the general public, reiterated that the same is a direct consequence of the government’s inaction and insensitivity and request the public for its cooperation and solidarity to the Rengma community in its fight for its genuine and long overdue demand for Tseminyu district.