Senapati CSOs warn indefinite NH-2 blockade
NEWMAI NEWS NETWORK
SENAPATI, 19th May: After the expiry of the 48-hour ultimatum served to the state government for the suspension of deputy commissioner of Senapati district Somorjit Salam at 6 pm on Tuesday, the civil society organisations of the district have extended the deadline by 24 hours for their demand to be fulfilled by the government.
Naga People’s Organisation (NPO), Senapati District Women Association (SDWA) and Senapati District Students’ Association (SDSA) warned of imposing indefinite economic blockade on the National Highway 2 after the 24-hour deadline, if the Government of Manipur fails to meet the demand.
A joint press statement of NPO, SDWA and SDSA said that they will impose “indefinite economic blockade” along NH 2 with effect from 6 pm of May 20 if the state government “fails to meet our demand within the 24-hour deadline”.
On May 17, the civil society organisations of Senapati district had served the 48-hour ultimatum to the government to suspend Somorjit, from his service for allegedly flouting the Covid-19 protocols.
NPO, SDWA and SDSA accused the deputy commissioner of breaking the Covid-19 and quarantine protocols on May 13 when the officer allegedly permitted to pass an Imphal bound bus carrying 36 stranded people who were returning from outside Manipur during “no entry hours” from Mao Gate through Senapati district. The ultimatum also alleged that, “not enough, the deputy commissioner, in utter negligence and endangering many lives, allowed the incoming passengers to halt at Multi-Purpose Hall, a non-designated quarantine centre located near the DC Complex of Senapati district headquarters and then the officer hosted a dinner on May 13”.
The ultimatum also mentioned that the residents of the DC Office Complex neighbourhood expressed concerned that the passengers left Senapati town on May 14 monring “leaving a trail of serious health concerns” as two of them tested positive for Covid-19 on May 16.
After holding another meeting on Tuesday, the CSOs resolved that as the 48-hour ultimatum demanding immediate suspension of Somorjit Salam expired at 6 pm of May 19 “with no action being taken up to meet our demand”, NPO, SDSA and SDWA, “on behalf of the general public, have given the Manipur Government another 24 hours to fulfil our demand with effect from 6 pm of May 19”. The statement then said that this decision was taken in the emergency consultative meeting of the CSOs at Senapati district headquarters “having aggrieved by the utter negligence and failure on the part of the state government”.
The statement then said that the organisations are not against the state government, but are demanding justice to the public of Senapati "as deputy commissioner Somorjit Salam had violated Covid-19 quarantine protocols on May 13 by giving safe passage to 36 returnees coming from outside the state during “no entry hour” at Mao Gate, and hosted them at Multi-Purpose Hall (non-designated quarantine centre), Senapati town putting thousands of lives of Senapati district at great risk”.
The organisations then appealed the general public to extend “utmost support in the fight for justice, and to remain indoor and avoid violating lockdown protocols”.