The All Assam Manipuri Youths' Association (AAMYA) has decided to launch an indefinite counter bandh along the Assam part on the Assam-Nagaland Highway No 39 from Sunday midnight against the extension of bandh along the Nagaland part of the same highway imposed by the Southern Angami Public Organisation (SAPO).
The bandh called by the SAPO has left several people, trucks and vehicles bound for Imphal stranded, resulting in unbearable physical and mental tortures and socio-economic crisis, AAMYA said in a release.
It stated that the undesirable decision to call the counter bandh has been taken after SAPO failed to respond to the humble appeal from AAMYA to end the ongoing indefinite bandh imposed by them, affecting innocent people.
AAMYA said it is vexed over the indifference of the Nagaland government which is supposed to have solved the crisis at the earliest, it said, adding that the association cannot remain a mute spectator when people are harassed for no good reasons.
"Blocking the highway is a serious insult to humanity and so we have no intention to do the same. Out of compulsion to remove the SAPO bandh that has harassed the people beyond unbearable limit and as a distress call to Nagaland government that is still remaining silent, AAMYA has taken this extreme step," it mentioned.
It informed that students going for exams, ambulance with patients, police and paramilitary forces on duty, press and media, religious and marriage ceremonial parties will be exempted in the counter bandh.
The bandh will continue unless and until SAPO withdraws the indefinite bandh in the Nagaland part of the NH-39, it said, appealing to the trucks and transport associations to cooperate in the counter bandh.