Nagaland: 12-hour trade bodies’ bandh over ‘illegal taxes’

Markets in Nagaland were closed and transport vehicles remained off the roads in a 12-hour shutdown called by trade bodies across the state on Thursday over alleged illegal taxation by Naga political groups and government agencies. Trade bodies stationed volunteers strategically to ensure smooth and peaceful observance of the shutdown.

The bandh that commenced at 6 am was called by the Confederation of Nagaland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CNCCI). The Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) imposed it in the district. The market closure has been complete in not only major cities like Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung, but even smaller towns such as Tuli, Jalukie, Pfutsero, as per reports

Trade bodies stationed volunteers strategically to ensure smooth and peaceful observance of the shutdown. No untoward incident has been reported so far, police said. The bandh has not affected the functioning of government offices, banks or educational institutions, or plying of government and private vehicles, DCCI president Akashe Zhimomi said.

In response to the CNCCI's demands, the Nagaland govt, while appealing to agitators to call off the protest, said that the administration has decided that the collection of any kind of tax or fee by all municipal and town councils on items falling under the GST regime would be stopped immediately.

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