Kohima: All trade and commercial
activities in Nagaland came to a halt since Wednesday morning as
NSCN(I-M) called 36-hour trade bandh in Naga inhabited areas
of the region, officials said.
However, essential services, educational institutions
and vehicular traffic were exempted from the purview of the
bandh call which was effective from 6 am today.
Reports from district headquarters said attendance in
offices were thin and less vehicles plied on the roads.
The trade bandh has been called by the outfit to
protest "violation of ceasefire ground rules by the Centre,
violation of human rights by disallowing NSCN(I-M) collective
leadership from going to Zunheboto and deployment of security
forces around the designated camp at Hebron (near Dimapur)
without any provocation.
On January 14 a large convoy of NSCN(I-M) cadre
accompanying their chairman Issac Chishi Chwu and general
secretary Th Muivah was barred from moving to Zunheboto from
camp Hebron by union home ministry, asserting that the leaders
could move only with state police escort and consent of the