High Court lawyers in Manipur stop attending court
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Last Updated: Monday, May 17, 2010, 21:13
New Delhi: Protesting non-availability of essential commodities in the state, High Court lawyers in Manipur have stopped attending courts from today and have asked the Prime Minister to intervene to resolve the economic crisis there.

Non-availability of essential commodities, specially petrol and domestic cooking gas, is due to economic blockade imposed by supporters of NSCN (IM) leader T Muivah on the highway linking the state to the rest of the country, the High Court Bar Association claimed.

Demanding the immediate intervention of Prime Minister Mammohan Singh to resolve the crisis, state HC Bar Association Secretary N Jotendro Singh said, "Since petrol is not available, advocates practicing in the High Court are unable to attend court. They have stopped attending court from today."

Initially, the lawyers will not attend court for three days till May 19 and the association would consider future course of action thereafter, he said over phone from Imphal.

Manipur is simmering following a proposed visit by Muivah to his home village in Ukhrul district with the state government opposing it. His supporters, including students bodies All Naga Students Association Manipur (ANSAM) and United Naga Council (UNC) have demanded that he must be allowed to enter the state.

Since April 11, an indefinite economic blockade has been imposed by various Naga organisations on National Highway 39 and 53.

"Because of the indefinite blockade, the prices of all (essential) commodities have sky-rocketed...cooking gas is not available at all..even life saving drugs are no longer available in the state," the association said in a letter to the Prime Minister.

Hospitals have stopped conducting operations due to non-availability of oxygen cylinders, it added.

The association also claimed over 1,000 Manipur-bound trucks carrying essential commodities were stranded in Assam as Nagaland government and NSCN (IM) supporters have not allowed them to pass through Nagaland.


First Published: Monday, May 17, 2010, 21:13

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