Kohima, May 19: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC)- sponsored 'total Dimapur bandh' today brought life to a standstill in and around Dimapur and Chumukedima town.
Official sources here today said all Government and non-government offices, educational institutes, banks and the business establishments remained closed in Dimapur and Chumukedima. Congress supporters were demonstrating on street corners and even pedestrians were not allowed to move. However, security forces, police, emergency service like medical, electricity and water supply and media were exempted from the purview of the bandh. No untoward incident has so far been reported, sources said.
The Congress Legislature Party Parliamentary Secretary K V Pusa in a release last night informed that during the bandh, from 0600 hours to 1800 hours, volunteers would be positioned in all major check gates in Bandh declared areas and movement of public and vehicular traffic would be completely restricted, except the exempted sections.
The NPCC called for the bandh to protest against upsurge of fratricidal killings and factional clashes has created law and order problems, affecting the people and abnormal price rise of all commodities, including all essential commodities.
It said that as a responsible political party, the Congress party couldn't remain voiceless when the lives and property of the people are at stake, the release said and added that ''The bandh is not only to convey our protest and resentment, but we want the Centre to immediately intervene in the present law and order problem in the state.''