Manipur was tense on Thursday as the stand-off between NSCN (I-M) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah’s Naga entourage and the state government continued.
In Imphal, the police dispersed a protest meeting organised by the United Committee Manipur (UCM) and the All Manipur United Clubs Organisation (AMUCO), the two bodies at the forefront of the fight to preserve Manipur’s territorial integrity.
“The situation is anything but normal. There are serious apprehensions that the situation may worsen,” L. Sadananda, a retired college teacher in Imphal, told HT. “The next couple of days will be very crucial. There is no wisdom in letting Muivah enter Manipur.”
The UCM has declared a road blockade along all inter-district highways in Manipur. AMUCO is organising sit-in protests across the state.
A 48-hour bandh was declared in Manipur from 6 pm on Thursday to protest Muivah’s visit.
“Muivah has a hidden agenda in visiting his native village and is hell-bent on breaking up Manipur. We won’t allow that at any cost,” said Rajkumar Anand, an opposition MLA from Manipur. “His entry will be the beginning of an unprecedented civil war in Manipur.”
Earlier on Thursday, Manipur CM O. Ibobi Singh returned from New Delhi after meeting several senior Union ministers, including Home Minister P. Chidambaram.