Ecoblockade extended, ban on inter-State buses
ANSAM intensifies ADC poll stir

Source: The Sangai Express / Newmai News Network

Imphal, April 16 2010: The All Naga Students' Association, Manipur (ANSAM), has announced a decision to intensify its agitation today by including a ban on the plying of even inter-State passenger buses along the National High-ways leading to Manipur from the midnight of April 17 .

The ongoing 6-day economic blockade was supposed to end by midnight of April 17 .

However, in a meeting held today with the United Naga Council (UNC) at Senapati, the ANSAM resolved to extend its ongoing agitation for a week more, till April 24 . "All Naga Student Association, Manipur (ANSAM) expresses strong resentment to the Govt of Manipur for failing to respond to the wish of the people to nullify the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council (Third amendment) Act 2008 .

"The Naga people have rejected the Act and conveyed the same through a series of agitation including consigning to flame copies of the Act on April 5, imposing a 12hour chaka bandh on April 6 and imposition of 6 days economic clockade from April 12," said ANSAM sources.

The Naga students' body has resolved to intensify the ongoing agitation on all the highways for another 7 days with effect from midnight of April 17 by including the inter-State buses within the purview of the blockade.

"We also have resolved to intensify our agitation until the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council (Third amendment) Act 2008 is nullified," warned the ANSAM leaders.

The ANSAM has also appealed for co-operation from all sections of people.

"It is not our intention to cause inconvenience to the public however, in the event of arbitrary imposition of the stated Act, our rights is seriously threatened and therefore we expect all tribal people and those who believe in democracy to participate in the movement for justice and to uphold our rights," urged the Naga student body.