Bandh cripples lives in Mizoram

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Aizawl, Jun 26 (UNI) Life came to a standstill in Mizoram today following a Protest Day, spearheaded by the Young Mizo Association (YMA) against the recent Gauhati High Court interim order.

An all-party meeting, that also included the state's largest NGOs and the Churches, on Monday, had decided to protest against the HC order directing the Mizoram government to stop arrest and deportation of any Indian national on grounds that the person did not possess the Inner Line Permit, sources said.

''The remarkable success of the bandh shows that despite political differences, Mizos are united against the High Court order which challenges the constitutional rights of the Mizos,'' a Central YMA leader told UNI here.

The bandh registered total response not only in the district headquarters, but also in the villages.

The YMA also unfurled black flags over the buildings.

Reports from district headquarters said the bandh was peaceful and no untoward incident occurred.

Meanwhile, the Mizoram government appealed to the people not to panic and assured that no stone will be left unturned to fight the HC's interim order, even up to the Supreme Court if needed.

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