DIMAPUR, June 5 - The Dimapur district bandh called by 17 Dimapur-based college students’ unions today evoked a lukewarm response.
All business establishments, except a few, were open and vehicles plied on the roads as usual. Some college students were seen asking shopowners here to down their shutters.
The college student bodies had called the bandh in support of the five-point charter of demands made by All Nagaland College Students Union, including immediate resignation of the Director of Technical Education, Arjun Singh, over alleged misappropriation of the technical scholarship fund for 2014-16.
However, the Dimapur Naga Students Union and the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industries (DCCI) had opposed the bandh call. The DCCI on Wednesday thanked the business community for honouring its directive by opening their establishments despite the call for total shutdown.
It said a few student volunteers had tried to forcefully close down some shops in some pockets of the town. However, there were no reports of any untoward incidents, it said.
The DCCI said the business community cannot bear the impact of such hasty bandhs called without notice. The trade body also asked why Dimapur is always “targeted” for a bandh when all government head offices are located in Kohima.