ANSAM calls six day economic blockade
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, April 09 2010: The All Naga Students' Association, Manipur (ANSAM) has imposed economic blockade on the NH-39 and 53 which would be effective from midnight of April 11 next even as the Manipur Tribal Joint Action Committee against Election under Unwanted District Council Act (MTJACAEUUDCA) warned of taking up its own course of action if government deflect its stand on to announce election on April 15 or before April 12 .

The All Naga Students' Association, Manipur (ANSAM), as its warning move, has called a 6-day economic blockade along the two national highways passing through the state and in all the state highways from the midnight of April 11 in protest against the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Councils (3rd Amendment) Act, 2008, Newmai News Network reported.

The ANSAM has also warned of dire consequences to the violators of the blockade, it reported.

"If the state government refuses to consider and pay heed to the peoples' wish by going ahead in conducting the autonomous district council elections in Manipur hills under the very Act then, we will resort to sterner forms of agitation," further warns the ANSAM leaders.

Mention may be made that the United Naga Council (UNC) had 'officially' intimated the HAC on February 26 to take up some steps in this regard and reminded on April 2 to which a dead-line was set for April 7 to address the matter.

It is also worth noting that a day-long meeting was held on Thursday organised by the UNC and it had decided to agitate against the state government move.

Meanwhile, MTJACAEUUDCA with its general headquarter at Lamka Churachandpur in a statement signed by its chairman GK Rongmei today has urged the state government to deflect its stand to announce election on April 15 on or before April 12 failing which the body will be compelled to start exercising its own course of action to prevent holding of the ADC election under the "unwanted" third amendment of District Council Act, 2008 .

The statement criticized Chief Minister, O Ibobi led government of not hearing to the outcries and upheavals in and around the state of Manipur particularly in the tribal areas.

"O Ibobi's government seemed to have little or no concern for it, he is apparently hell-bend to conduct the district council election with his imposed legislation �," the statement blamed.