The Kangpokpi CSOs’ leaders also resolved that a strong mobilisation drive will be conducted in the coming few days for more vigorous and intense form of agitations if the government fails to fulfill its charter of demands at the earliest.
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) of Kangpokpi district denied any attack on an ambulance by volunteers while enforcing the bandh on April 1 evening. It also warned of intense agitations if the charter of demands for filling up various posts lying vacant in the district administration is not materialised at the earliest.
A press conference was held at KSO Sadar Hills Administrative office building at Kangpokpi town on Saturday regarding the matter. Spokesperson of Kangpokpi CSOs, Manghekam said that the allegation of one facebook user Hemchandra Ngangom in his facebook status stating that an ambulance of Lamyanba Healthcare and Ambulance Services was shot with bullet at Kangpokpi Bazar at around 8.25 pm on April 1 while returning from Guwahati was baseless and unfounded.
But unfortunately chief minister N Biren Singh considered it very seriously and had even expressed that the Kangpokpi CSOs are “non-negotiable” considering the false allegation, he alleged.
Manghekam asserted that the allegation was nothing but a sinister attempt to tarnish the image of Kangpokpi CSOs as during the occurrence of the incident, the CSO’s bandh had already been relaxed while volunteers were also asked to disperse in the presence of Kangpokpi Superintendent of Police (SP).
He recalled that the 36-hours bandh imposed by Kangpokpi CSOs was relaxed at around 7 pm on April 1 considering the appeal of District in-charge minister Losii Dikho and local MLA Nemcha Kipgen in view of Good Friday and Easter Sunday on religious purposes. It is strange to imagine that such firing incidents have gone unnoticed by the District police as commandos and police personnel were present at the spot from 6.30 pm till midnight, he added.
The Kangpokpi CSOs in its earlier press conference had also clearly mentioned that if any untoward incident happens during the bandh the sole responsibility will be the state government, he said and added that it does not mean that an untoward incident such as firing at an ambulance as alleged had occurred on the night of April 1.
Manghekam also said that Kangpokpi CSOs considered it an “unfortunate, very shameful and undemocratic act of the government” that CM Biren Singh took Kangpokpi CSOs’ legitimate demands as “non-negotiable” because of the “baseless” allegation of someone in a facebook account.
He maintained that “we are living in the largest democratic country and democracy is a form of government of the people, by the people and for the people”, which the state chief minister should be aware of.
Meanwhile, the Kangpokpi CSOs’ leaders in its joint meeting on Saturday resolved that a strong mobilisation drive will be conducted in the coming few days for more vigorous and intense form of agitations if the government fails to fulfill its charter of demands at the earliest. It also decided to disclose the mode of agitations and the date later after the mobilisation drive.