Sadar Hills stir to persist
Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, October 01 2011:
The leaders' meet held today at Kangpokpi Council Hall to deliberate on the ongoing movement in pursuit of upgrading Sadar Hills to a full-fledged district culminated with the decision to further intensify the agitation.
As a part of intensifying the agitation there would be mobilisation in all the districts during the month of October, said spokesman of Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee (SHDDC) Seikhothang Haokip while speaking to newspersons after the marathon meeting that lasted for nearly five hours.
The other resolution adopted at the meeting held from 11.30 am include ban on all forms political activities, related to the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly election, in Sadar Hills areas till the demand is honoured by the Government, said the spokesman who described the warrant of arrest issued by the Government against SHDDC functionaries.
Stating that any unwanted consequences arising out of the warrant of arrest should be the responsibility of the Govt, Seikhothang also reiterated that the demand for district status to Sadar hills the demand is reasonable and justifiable.
Further informing that those present at the leaders' meet strongly condemned the warrant of arrest issued by the Government, he clarified that SHDDC had not issued any permit to the three plywood-loaded trucks which were burnt by economic blockade supporters at Kangpokpi area on September 29 night.
Seikhothang termed as absurd and misleading contention by owners of the plywood as well as the truck drivers that SHDDC had permitted transportation of the goods.
Meanwhile, a source said people's representatives (MLAs) elected from assembly segments under Sadar Hills and present at the leaders' meet suggested suspension of the ongoing agitation in view of the forthcoming festivals such as Durga Pujah, Ningol Chakkouba and Christmas, to name a few.
The MLAs reportedly expressed that prolonging the agitation inspite of arrival of various festivals of both the hill and valley communities might generate negative response from cross section of the society.
However, SHDDC representatives reportedly confided to the elected representatives that the proposal for suspending the agitation would be discussed at a meeting of the Committee and the outcome conveyed to them.