Markets remained closed in Nagaland and transport vehicles remained off the roads in a 12-hour bandh called by trade bodies across the state on Thursday over alleged illegal taxation by Naga political groups and government agencies. Trade bodies strategically deployed volunteers to ensure smooth and peaceful observance of the bandh.
The bandh, which began at 6 am, was called by the Confederation of Nagaland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CNCCI). Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) implemented it in the district. According to the report, not only in major cities like Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung, but also in smaller towns like Tuli, Jaluki, Pfutsero have closed the market.
Trade bodies strategically deployed volunteers to ensure smooth and peaceful observance of the bandh. Police said that no untoward incident has been reported so far. DCCI President Akash Jhimomi said the shutdown has not affected the functioning of government offices, banks or educational institutions or government and private vehicles.
Responding to the demands of CNCCI, the Nagaland government appealed to the agitators to withdraw the protests, saying that the administration has decided that all municipalities and municipal councils on goods that come under the GST regime will not be charged any tax or duty. The recovery will be stopped immediately.