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Manipur blockade: Centre`s `patience running out`

In a strong message, the government today said its patience was running out and the organisations enforcing the indefinite highway blockade in Manipur will be dealt with firmly.



Shillong: In a strong message, the
government today said its patience was running out and the
organisations enforcing the indefinite highway blockade in
Manipur will be dealt with firmly.

"The government`s patience is running out. We have to
come down with a hard hand on those who are doing this
blockade," Union Home Secretary G K Pillai told reporters
here.

He said the "consequence of the action will be on
these organisations".

On April 12, the All-Naga Students` Association of
Manipur (ANSAM) had begun the blockade to oppose Manipur`s
decision to hold Autonomous District Council (ADC) elections
in tribal-dominated hill districts. It claimed that the ADC
Act "suppresses tribal rights".

Later, Nagas intensified the blockade after Manipur
did not allow NSCN-IM `general secretary` Thuingaleng Muivah
to visit his native village of Somdal in state`s Ukhrul
district.

Following this, all communities -- Meiteis, Kukis,
Paites and Nagas -- started facing a shortage of essential
commodities.

The blockade, which began 50 days ago, has caused
immense hardship to the people of Manipur with essential
commodities, lifesaving drugs and fuel becoming scarce.

"I think the organisations should call it (blockade)
off. This blockade is totally illegal which has to stop,"
Pillai said.

He said the Centre has made an appeal to the chief
ministers of Nagaland and Manipur to talk with the groups and
ensure that the blockade is removed at the earliest.

-PTI

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