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Manipur blockade lifted, bandh on

Sobhapati Samom, Hindustan Times  Imphal, November 29, 2011
First Published: 18:36 IST(29/11/2011) | Last Updated: 18:43 IST(29/11/2011)

Even if the blockade on National Highways to Manipur has been lifted after almost four months, a three-day-long general strike by a militant group continues to affect movement of vehicles in Manipur for the second day on Tuesday.

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"Neither the passengers nor the goods trucks from outside the state came due to bandh," says S Hepuni Mao, Officer in Charge of Senapati Police station, located along National Highway 39 (Imphal-Dimapur) 60 km north of Imphal, when contacted on phone. “But around 30 empty trucks have left to bring goods from outside.”  

The general strike by the militant group Kangleipak Communist Party (MC) protesting the recent killing of one of it’s cadre in an alleged fake encounter, effecting from 10am of Monday has partially affected normal life as most passenger vehicles including inter-state and inter district vehicles remained off the roads.

Though there's no report of any untoward incident till the filing of report,the general strike which is scheduled to continue till 10 am of December 1 couldn’t affect the functioning of most of educational institutions and government offices besides the air traffic.

Following assurance from Union home affairs minister P Chidambaram,the United Naga Council (UNC) lifted the blockade on highways after touching a milestone of 100 days,ahead of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan’s December 3 visit, on Tuesday morning.

The UNC’s blockade was effected from August 21 this year as a counter call to the highway blockade imposed by the Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee(SHDDC) which wants the Kuki tribe-dominated area to become a separate district,blocked the NH 39 and NH 53-the economic lifelines of Manipur on July 31 to press its demand,forcing the state to face worst scarcity of essential items.

Three weeks later, the UNC which opposes the demand, began a "parallel-blockade" of the highways. The SHDDC lifted its blockade on the 92nd day after the state government agreed to create a separate district. Similarly the UNC has now relented as well.


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