HAFLONG, Aug 26 - In protest against the bandh culture, several organisations like Jadikhe Naisho Hosom (JNH), All Dimasa Students� Union (ADSU), HWS, HYS, along with NGOs and other organisations, took out a joint peace rally at Haflong on Tuesday.
The rally was taken out from Cultural Institute Hall and marched through the major parts of Haflong town to the office of the Deputy Commissioner. Hundreds of students, people from various communities took part in the rally.
Later, a memorandum was also submitted to the Governor through the Dima Hasao Deputy Commissioner.
The Jadikhe Naisho Hoshom and various other organisations were instrumental in bringing the insurgent groups to the negotiation table and after a series of talks with both the State and Central Governments; a Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) was finally signed in Delhi on October 8, 2012.
The signing of the MoS was welcomed by all the people. But unfortunately, after some period of time, it seems the peace and tranquillity of the district is again being disturbed by some section of misguided youths who are being directed to conduct bandh by unscrupulous politicians for their own political gain, which we totally condemn, the people who took part in the rally said.
�The unrest and disturbances which we are experiencing in the form of bandh would surely hamper development works in our district and the worst sufferers are the business community, daily wage earners and most importantly the student community,� the memorandum stated.
�Moreover, in a district where the population is less than two lakhs, splitting the district to create another one was totally not feasible and we oppose it in all forms. All the communities of the district are equally represented in the NC Hills Autonomous Council, be it economical, political, social or cultural. Therefore, the question of bifurcation, deprivation, etc., does not arise,� the memorandum added.
�As a mark to ban and oppose the bandh culture in our district, the organisations have taken out a peace rally and appeal to your Excellency to issue a notification in the greater interest of the people to ban bandh in Dima Hasao district,� it added.