72-hour bandh in poll-bound Mizoram

MIZORUM-MEDIUM Volunteers man the square at Chanmari neighborhood in Aizawl as Mizoram's major mass-based organizations impose a 72 hour total bandh.

A 72-hour statewide total bandh was clamped on poll-bound Mizoram from 5 am Monday morning with just a trickle of poll officials scheduled to leave capital Aizawl to head for rural polling stations having assembled at a designated meeting point, a senior police official said.

Mizoram goes to polls for it’s lone Lok Sabha seat on Wednesday, April 9, but mass-based voluntary Mizo organizations have called for a boycott of the polls and imposed the bandh to protest against the ECI’s decision to allow displaced Brus to vote in the elections from neighboring Tripura.

“There are just a handful of officials as of now at High Field although many of them were scheduled to start from here at 7 am. Only policemen are to be seen, and most of the officials have called in to say they cannot come because of the bandh,” the police officer said at half-past 7.

Meanwhile public information systems have been calling out volunteers to report for duty at major streets and road links to block any vehicular movement or other activity. There has been no reports of violence so far.