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Movement of Changki villagers restricted



Mokokchung, April 9 (MExN): After passing its ‘Azha’ on the Changki village four weeks ago, the NSCN (IM) is reportedly restricting the citizens of Changki village from moving to and from the village in Mokokchung. With each passing day, an uneasy calm prevails in the Changki village and the Longnak valley after the ‘Azha’ was imposed by the NSCN (IM).
A highly reliable source from Changki village (a village leader) disclosed that the Changki to Dimapur bus was halted at near Longtho and was forced to turn back to the village today. Another group of Changki citizens who came to visit the village, and returning to Kohima were forced to turn back near Chungtia village territory in Mokokchung. The movement of the Changki citizens in the different private and commercial vehicles is being strictly frisked by the NSCN (IM) and they are not allowed to move freely, the source said.
Even the night buses and other commercial trucks passing the Changki X-Junction have been warned not to stop at the junction, the source said. Earlier, the Changki X-Junction is one of the favorite places for trucks and buses to make a stopover for responding to nature calls or to have a quick cup of tea at the hotels.
Now all the vehicles simply pass by without stopping. The large tracts of paddy fields in the Longnak valley belonging to the Changki citizens are also being left unattended since the non-local labourers have started fleeing from the fields for fear of repercussion from the NSCN (IM). The source disclosed that 125 non-local students, who are children of the labourers working in the fields, studying in the schools in the valley, have left the school, since their parents have decided to leave the fields. Besides, the labourers in the other farms like Tea Garden have also started to leave the farms.
It is also reported that Commercial goods meant for Changki are also ordered to be offloaded from the carriers. However, there is no scarcity of essential goods at Changki village as of now, the source disclosed. The only oil depot in the area and three saw mills are still not functioning for fear of the NSCN-IM cadres.
It is reported that some IRB personnel are posted at Changki X-Junction and also at Longnak. But it is reported that the movement of the villagers remains far from free. So far, there is no report as whether there is any negotiation to overcome the stalemate.


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