AZPYA announces Ziro-Hapoli bandh, AYA urges admin to declare bandh illegal

ZIRO, Jul 31: The All Ziro Hapoli Youth Association (AZPYA) has announced a 12-hour Ziro and Hapoli bandh on 2 August in protest against the Lower Subansiri district administration’s failure to meet its three-point demand.
The association said it has intimated the administration and the police regarding the proposed bandh, adding that its demands have not been fulfilled even after 15 days.
The AZPYA’s demands are immediate dismantling of ‘illegal’ structures that have been erected on the footpath in Hapoli, near the powerhouse; construction of police beat posts at Medical Colony and the higher secondary school here; and installation of streetlights in Ziro and Hapoli for the safety and security of the public.
However, the Apatani Youth Association (AYA) and its federal units have strongly opposed the proposed bandh, stating that the issues raised by the AZPYA “are not genuine and worth declaring a bandh.”
Stating that it has already taken up all the demands of the AZPYA with the district authorities, the AYA said the AZPYA should have approached the apex organization of the Tanw community – the AYA and the Apatani Students’ Union (ASU) – before taking such an extreme decision.
The AYA on Monday held a meeting with the ASU and the federal wings of the AYA to discuss the proposed bandh and the demands of the bandh callers. The participants unanimously decided to not support the bandh call, and said the bandh callers would be held responsible for any untoward incident that might occur during the bandh period.
The AYA appealed to the district administration to declare the bandh illegal and take action against the bandh callers.