Centre, State lambasted
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 21 2010: Alleged indifferent attitude of the Centre coupled with inefficiency of the State Government has been claimed as the chief factor for disruptive elements continuing to carry out audicious attacks on both the National Highways.

"Following court's proceedings, the state government has already declared wanted men with monetary rewards against the presidents of the agitating UNC and Ansam, but till date no action has been taken up against them," lamented UCM president Yumnamcha Dilipkumar with reference to acts of arson carried out by miscreants, suspected to be UNC/ANSAM supporters, as both are involved in enforcing economic blockade of the National Highways.

The torching of two loaded trucks in a Tamenglong district area on NH-53 and pelting stones at vehicles on NH-39 on August 19 is a glaring example of inaction of the security men deployed along these routes, Dilipkumar fumed.

" When no specific actions have been taken up against the persons (two presidents) against whom statute powers have been given to arrrest them, many innocent people are, however, killed by the security forces under the shadow of the draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act a law given to them," Yumnamcha reacted.

"It seems that the centre has given a covert instruction to the security men deployed on the two highways not to take action against the agitators just to please the Naga leaders in the face of the ongoing NSCN (IM)-centre talks," he said.

He also reaffirmed the decision of the Transporters and Drivers' Council, Manipur which was backed by UCM not to ply on the Imphal-Dimapur section of NH 39 until and unless the centre reimburses the illegal taxes collected by rebel groups, NGOs and Nagaland police along the route.

"We once again appeal to the truckers not to ply on the problematic NH 39 but to move along NH 53," he said.

He also expressed dissatisfaction over the replies given by Union home minister P Chidambaram over the issue in the parliament.

"We are closely monitoring the government's vision and action on the current situation and till now no explicit steps have been taken up to bring about a permanent solution to ensure the people of Manipur get a total relief ," he said.

"UCM is mulling over to launch a rigid civil movement if the state continues to suffer from all sorts of economic blockades imposed on the highways.

We will let you know our stir plans later," he added.