UNC's blockade call fall on women
Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, September 18 2011:
Responding to the call of the United Naga Council for economic blockade on National Highways leading to Imphal, women volunteers are at the forefront blocking goods carriers at Thamnapokpi along Imphal-Moreh road.
It has been 27 days since the women volunteers started checking all four wheelers and blocking transportation of goods on Imphal-Moreh section of NH 2 .
Talking to media persons at Thamnapokpi today, Chandel Naga People's Organisation (CNPO) vice-president Gabriel Chinir said that they have been blocking transportation of goods in support of the UNC's call for economic blockade in place of the earlier total blockade.
Saying that the economic blockade is being witnessed in a democratic manner, Gabriel lamented that it was unfortunate some vehicles were vandalised and set afire because of defiance of the blockade call by some drivers.
The ongoing economic blockade would be lifted only when the UNC gives instruction to this effect, Gabriel said.
Reacting to a statement of the Meitei Council Moreh (MCM), the CNPO vice-president clarified that the economic blockade was not targeted at any particular community.
The agitation is against the Government, he said.
Some people went past the blockade area by claiming that they were taking sick people but they came back carrying a lot commodities thereby creating unwanted problems.
Such cheating has only made the volunteers resolute to enforce the economic blockade more stringently, he added.
Thoubal Police Commandos have been intimidating the women volunteers at Thamnapokpi though it is located within Chandel district, Gabriel demanded an immediate halt to such activity of the commandos.
Naga Women Union Chandel president K Shakila asserted that their people's ancestral land, language, custom and traditions cannot be simply handed over to other people.