Police, SF put on alert as eco-blockade on NHs begins
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, April 11 2010: Police today sounded alert to all security posts and police station located along the stretch of the national highways passing through the state based on the information that volunteers have been sent out by ANSAM and other bodies supporting the six day economic blockade due to begins from Sunday midnight.

State police intelligence passed information that those volunteers of ANSAM and its like minded Naga based organisations in Naga dominated areas particularly along the stretch of the Imphal-Mao section of NH-39 and Imphal-Jiribam section of the NH-53 have started gathering themselves to impose the economic blockade.

They are likely to cause disturbances to the normal passage of vehicles transporting goods on the highways, an official source said quoting the intelligence reports.

On received of the information, Manipur police have, through wireless messages, asked the police stations and security establishments guarding the highways to keep closed vigilance on the movement of the volunteers of the striking bodies and intensify ROP on the highways with immediate effect, the official maintained.

Meanwhile, the holding of elections to the ADCs in Manipur has become a matter of concern as objections are coming up from various hill based organisation after the UNC started open protest on the matter.

The Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council (3rd Amendment) Act, 2008 has been most unpopular/unfortunate Act for the State of Manipur and Tribal in particular, lamented a statement of the Kom Rem Union Manipur in another statement signed by its general secretary Boyes Kom opposing the government move said.

"It is inadmissible and inharmonious Act," the statement said terming that it is unfortunate to conduct the election under the "unpopular" Act after a prolonged held up of the election for more than 20 years.

The Union condemned the step of the government in the interest of the people of Manipur, it added.

Once the election held, the extension of sixth schedule of the Indian Constitution will be delayed, the union observed.

Meanwhile, New News Network report said that UNC chief Samson Remmei disclosed Newmai News Network over phone from Senapati that on April 9, the UNC team met R.S Pandey in Nagaland and apprised him about the development in Manipur.

"We have briefed Mr.R.S Pandey that we do not want the imposed legislation on the tribal people by conducting the ADC elections based on the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council Act, 2008," said Samson Remmei.

Meanwhile, the UNC president said that the Naga frontal organisations are now all set to agitate in different forms once the 6-day long economic blockade gets over.

"If the response from the state government is not that positive, we are here to resort to sterner and more drastic forms of agitation," asserted the UNC chief.

It is worth noting that the United Naga Council (UNC) had called a 12-hour 'chakka bandh' in Manipur hill areas on April 6 against the present status of the 'imposed legislation' with special reference to the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council Act 1971 and amended in 2008 which has been 'rejected outrightly'.

On the other hand, the state government has set May 17 and May 24 to hold elections to the ADCs.

Meanwhile, All Naga Students Association, Manipur (ANSAM) president David Choro said that ANSAM activists are now stationed in all 'strategic locations' to impose the said blockade from the midnight.

"We have appealed time and again everyone particularly the transporters to extend their co-operation to our move," said the ANSAM president.