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Cong calls Kohima bandh

Kohima, Dec. 5: The Congress in Meghalaya which has been demanding the removal of former home minister Imkong L. Imchen has decided to impose a 12-hour total strike in Kohima on December 9.

A party source said the strike, called in protest against chief minister Neiphiu Rioís refusal to sack the tainted minister, would affect the state capital.

Imchen was arrested by the Assam Rifles on February 18 near Wokha town with seven unlicensed guns, ammunition, Rs 1.1 crore in cash and Indian-made foreign liquor. He was then home minister but he resigned the same day. He was released on bail by the court but Wokha police chargesheeted him last month.

The Congress began an agitation on November 27 demanding Imchenís removal.

The chief ministerís office recently came out defending him stating that there was not enough evidence to prosecute the former home minister.

The Congress said it would continue the agitation till the tainted minister was removed. The ruling Naga Peopleís Front (NPF) has criticised the Congress for trying to hamper the progress of the state.

The party was irked by the recent strike which had affected movement of tourists during the ongoing Hornbill Festival at Naga heritage village Kisama near Kohima.

The Kohima strike, too, will affect Hornbill Festival. The Congress rebutted the charges of the NPF. The party said enough time was given to the state government to drop Imchen.

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