Central forces reach Manipur, end blockade
The Central forces reached Manipur and finally cleared the economic blockade of the state which had severely disrupted life of the common people from the past two months.
The more than two-month-old blockade of roads Naga tribal groups had led to severe shortage of food, medicines and virtually everything in Manipur. The landlocked state depends on supplies from outside the region with trucks from the rest of India carrying essentials passing through Nagaland.
Hopes for an end to the crisis rose Tuesday when the Naga Students` Federation said it had decided to end the protests after a meeting with the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
But it brought very little relief for the people as some splinter Naga groups said they will continue with the blockade to protest against Manipur`s decision preventing Naga leader Thuingaleng Muivah from visiting his birthplace in Manipur. They were also demanding that the government cancel the arrest warrants issued for two of their leaders.
Some 20 companies (estimated 2,000 personnel) of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Border Security Force (BSF), posted in various places in Manipur, have now been deployed along National Highways 39 and 53 to escort trucks into the state.
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