Nagpur: 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 here 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.