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11-hour strike over demand for Saitual District

Mizoram

11-hour strike over demand for Saitual District

Aizawl, April 27 (zoramobserver.com): A 11-hour strike was called on Friday in four Mizoram’s constituencies by Saitual District Implementing Demand Committee (SDIDC), demanding the implementation of Saitual as full-fledged district.

Saitual presently falls under Aizawl district.

The strike was observed from 5 am and was called off at 4 in the evening. The bandh received strong support from the public as it was observed strictly in the entire demand area, sources from Saitual said.

The strike went peacefully as no untoward incident occurred during the day-long shutdown, police said.

The 11-hour strike affected normal life as all government offices, educational institutions and business establishment remained closed. All vehicles stayed off the road and residents also stayed indoor to show solidarity to the SDIDC.

Speaking to zoramobserver.com over phone, SDIDC chairman Rohmingliana said the total shutdown was observed strictly in the entire demand area which comprises four assembly constituencies- Tuivawl, Lengteng, Chalfilh and Tawi in northern Mizoram.

He said that the SDIDC has been demanding the creation of Saitual district for 44 years since 1974, 34 years before the Mizo National Front (MNF) government announced its creation in 2008.

He said that Saitual has all the pre-requisites to be a full-fledged district.

Rohimingliana expressed regret for the bandh that need to be called as the successive governments failed to address their plights and dashed their demands to the ground.

The demand committee also submitted a memorandum to the state government through Saitual Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil) R. Vanlalsawma, demanding immediate implementation of Saitual as full-fledged district.

The committee also urged the state government to expedite road construction between Dilkhan and  Khanpui and to do blacktopping of road between Saitual and Saichal before monsoon.

It also demanded the state government to immediately install and station deputy commissioner in Saitual and complete the construction of Tuirini bridge, which is the life-line of northeast Mizoram, before raining season.

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Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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