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12-hr Mokokchung bandh peaceful

Kohima, June 11: A dawn-to-dusk general strike in Mokokchung district called by the Ao Senden today to demand the construction of a foothills road in Nagaland, passed off peacefully.

However, the organisation has vowed to continue with the agitation till its demands were met. “We will continue with the agitation till our demands are accepted,” said Ao Senden president Sangyo Yaden.

The organisation has also demanded a permanent solution to the boundary dispute with Assam.

He said the federal assembly of Senden would decide on the future course of action tomorrow.

Despite the state government’s decision to begin construction of a road from Tizit in Mon district to Khelma in Peren district, to avoid transportation of goods to Nagaland through Assam roads, the Senden was not fully convinced with the assurance of the government.

Yaden also demanded abrogation of the 1972 interim agreement between Nagaland and Assam alleging the latter had violated the agreement.

Government officials had several rounds of meeting with the organisation but failed to break the impasse as the Senden, which is supported by several Naga organisations, has decided to go ahead with the agitation.

Five student organisations have given a 30-day deadline to chief minister Neiphiu Rio to accept their demand for immediate construction of a foothills road.

The All Sumi Students’ Union, Ao Students’ Conference, Konyak Students’ Conference, Phom Students’ Conference and Kyong Students’ Union have formed the foothills road construction demand committee. The committee has demanded more police posts along the inter-state border.

The leaders from all the student organisations supported the strike called by the Senden today.

Nagaland and Assam will hold a high-level meeting on the border issue at Jorhat on June 21, while the Ao Baptist Church Council will also meet Christian leaders of Assam on June 18 to broker peace between the two states.

Ao Senden said it was in touch with organisations in Assam to improve the relations between the two states.