Manipur: Sit-in protests at various hill villages

There has been no let-up in the over month-long economic blockades on two national highways.

Last Updated: Sep 12, 2011, 15:11 PM IST

Imphal: With no let-up in the over
month-long economic blockades on two national highways, one of
its sponsors on Monday began sit-in protests in Sadar Hills area
in Manipur`s Senapati district.

The sit-in protests as well as hunger-strikes were
reported from the villages of Saikul, Gaipifang, Keithelmanbi,
Saparmeina, Kangpokpi, Henbung and Laikot, officials said.

The Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC) is
demanding the conversion of Kuki-majority Sadar Hills area in
Naga-majority Senapati district into a full-fledged revenue
district.

SHDDC has launched an indefinite economic blockade since
August 1 on the Manipur portions of Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati
(NH-39) and Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar (NH-53), while United
Naga Council (UNC) also launched a counter blockade from the
middle of August against it.

The officials said the state cabinet has met many times
in the past three-four weeks but a final decision on Sadar
Hills issue could not be taken.

The cabinet had also earlier decided on several occasions
to intensify deployment of forces along the national highways
and increase the strength of the security personnel escorting
trucks for collecting essential items.

A report from Jiribam border town, about 222 km from
here, said over 700 empty trucks and oil tankers, which left
Imphal for collection of essential items, arrived at the
border town late last evening.

Trucks bring essential items twice or thrice a week from
Jiribam or from Dimapur with security escort following the
economic blockades which has resulted in the scarcity of those
items.

PTI