stranded people of Nagaland
Representative photo. Image credit - Twitter @WeTheNagas

The Dimapur District Citizens’ Forum (DDCM) on Sunday appealed to the Nagaland government to immediately contact the governments of Tripura and Assam for providing safe passage to the state’s people stranded in Tripura.

The Forum, in a statement issued by its media cell, made the appeal on learning that the people of the state, who are stranded in Tripura, want to return home but the Assam government has denied entry of vehicles from Tripura to Assam.

It also urged all the chief ministers and state governments of the northeastern states to have better coordination and provide safe passage to all the inter-state travellers to reach their respective home while maintaining all the rules of the national lockdown.

Angami youth body alleges norms violation  

The Northern Angami Youth Organisation (NAYO) has alleged exemption of some citizens of Nagaland belonging to affluent families returning from other states from compulsory quarantine at the government prescribed institutions on the basis of their “influential status”.

NAYO president Roko Angami and general secretary Ruokuoneitso Kire, in a statement, condemned such “biased actions” of the authorities.

It urged the state government to seriously implement the rules laid down for the safety of all the citizens in view of the COVID19 pandemic.

It alerted the youth organisations under its jurisdiction to be cautious and disallow any traveller into their colonies or villages for home quarantine who have not undergone mandatory institutional quarantine.

The organisation also cautioned that it would take “grave actions” against the individuals as well as their families, who have violated the laid down rules, in the event of any ill-fated situation or casualties resulting from their failure.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com