SC to examine plea on blockade
Source: The Sangai Express / TNN
New Delhi, December 14 2011:
The Supreme Court will today examine a PIL seeking direction to the Centre and the Manipur government on the economic blockade by ethnic groups in the state causing severe hardships to people and skyrocketing prices of essential commodities.
The PIL filed by retired Director General of Police (Uttar Pradesh) Prakash Singh has alleged that "the State Government of Manipur is not enforcing the law of the land and the Central Government is acting a mute spectator to intransigent groups taking law into their own hands" .
"That the current blockade has curtailed the rights of the people of Manipur to move freely throughout the territory of India guaranteed under Article 19 (d) of the Constitution of India," it added.
In his plea, Mr Singh urged the court to direct the Centre and Manipur to impose penalties on the agitators for resorting to the economic blockade.