ADC poll notification likely on Monday even as indefinite blockade begins
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, April 24 2010: After breaking windshields of over 20 vehicles proceeding with security escorts on the Mao-Imphal section of the NH-39, another around 40 loaded trucks stranded at Khuzuma on Nagaland side, reports received here said today.

Meanwhile, police have pointed out at least seven strategic areas where special security measure are to be taken up while escorting back vehicles along the NH-39, the lifeline of people of the state in a move to counter with the indefinite .

ANSAM (All Naga Students Association Manipur) extended the impose economic blockade on the national highways passing through Manipur, which was ended Saturday midnight (April 24), in reply to the Manipur government's decision to go ahead with the elections to the Autonomous District Councils in Manipur hill districts in the month of May next.

Owing to the extended economic blockade, as many as 40 loaded trucks arriving Khuzuma gate (Nagaland) from Dimapur side stranded even as over 100 vehiclesloaded trucks, oil tankers, inter-state buses had escorted back yesterday evening.

Windshields of around 20 vehicles broken in stoning by the blockade supporters, drivers said adding that heavy shower of stone received on the stretch of the highway from Mao Makha till Lairouching.

No human casualty reported in the stoning.

A highly place official source said they have identified the strategic points as Lairou, Chawainamei, Makhan, Karong, Taphou, Maram and Mao Makha and recommend deployment of additional security forces in these strategic locations to prevent attack on vehicles.

ANSAM is going to approach its Nagaland counterpart Naga Students' Federation (NSF) to extend support in the economic blockade the source disclosed adding that a meeting of the ANSAM held on Friday at Senapati town discussed the matter to seek support from NSF.

It added that NSF is likely to extend support to ANSAM's agitation as the meeting discussed on the matter of seeking co-operation from the students body based in Nagaland.

Around 300 persons willing candidates to contest the proposed elections to the ADCs coming up from different hill districts of the state also held another separate meeting on the same (April 23) at Taphou Maram Community Hall, Senapati, the police intelligence learnt.

The meeting resolved to abstain from contesting the election under the present status of the legislation, the third amendment of the Manipur (Hills) Autonomous District Council Act, 1971, the intelligence analysis report of the police added.

On the other hand, government is planning to issue the notifications for the ADC elections on Monday.

State election authority has taken up steps to issue the notification, another highly reliable source said.

The notifications are likely to issue simultaneously by the district election offices in district headquarters of the hill districts and state election department here in Imphal, the source said.

Hectic processes are on to issue the notice, an official of the election department here said when contacted.