Press Release: Fuel Adulteration bandh from 17th October, 2016

9th October, 2016

The Co-ordination Committee on Fuel Adulteration (CCoFA) comprising of 21 civil society organisations held its meeting on 8th October, 2016, and decided to implement the proposed bandh of National Highways inside the state as per the Public Meeting Resolution of 10th September which had resolved for such in case the Nagaland government failed to institute a CBI enquiry on the fuel adulteration case within the time frame of 15 days.

Therefore, with the expiry of the deadline, the CCoFA will carry out the bandh on National Highways in an indefinite manner but in phases. In the 1st phase, there will be total restriction on the movement of fuel tankers and Nagaland government registered vehicles along NH-29 (AH-1). This is also to say that the movement of other vehicles shall not be disturbed anywhere in the state during the 1st phase of the agitation save for the blacklisted category of vehicles. Volunteers will be deployed at strategic locations, including New Field Check Gate and Dillai Gate to carry out the public resolution. In case the state government still refuses to accede to popular demand, the CCoFA will be forced to widen the scope of the indefinite bandh and implement the next phase and so forth till the demands are met. However, keeping in mind the ongoing festival, the CCoFA will implement the indefinite bandh only from 17th October.

It may be mentioned once again that the state of Manipur is the largest victim of the fuel adulteration racket; up to 70-80% of the adulterated fuel consignment from Dimapur is disposed off this state. Therefore, the indefinite highway bandh on movement of fuel tankers and Nagaland government vehicles is in the interest of all right thinking citizens. The CCoFA appeals to our Manipuri brethren to bear with the difficulty that may lie ahead but which nevertheless can be amicably settled if the Nagaland government does the right thing by calling the CBI in.

Media Cell, CCoFA.

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