RSS on Sunday demanded immediate steps from the Centre to end the economic blockade faced by people of Manipur and for their safety.
"It was highly deplorable to shut both the national highways to Manipur for last 17 days while opposing the entry of NSCN-IM leader T Muivah in Manipur", RSS General Secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi said in a statement today.
About 25 lakh people in Manipur are hit by the closure of national highways. Prices of essential commodities including rice, pulses, floor, diesel, petrol and kerosenes are skyrocketing. Dimapur-Imphal NH 39 and Jiribam-Imphal NH 53 are closed since April 11, he said.
"I, therefore, urge the Centre and state to initiate immediate steps to reopen the closed national highways. Some years ago, the Centre intervened to reopen the Jammu-Srinagar national highways within 48 hours, Joshi recalled. It was surprising that though the people of Manipur were suffering, Central Government was keeping mum, he said.
Manipur is facing another crisis as some militant organisations have told non-Manipuri people to leave the state before May 31. Their threat and demand is unconstitutional and against national interest. RSS has demanded security to all the citizens of Manipur, Joshi said.
Manipur has been in turmoil since April. First, Naga groups residing in Manipur enforced an indefinite economic blockade on April 11 protesting the state government’s decision to hold autonomous council elections. Since May 6 the protests have been over the state government refusing permission to Naga separatist leader Thuingaleng Muivah to visit his ancestral village.