Manipur to prevent entry of Naga leader
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 02, 2010, 17:34
Imphal: The Manipur Government has stepped up security measures at all border points to prevent entry of NSCN (I-M) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah into the state on the apprehension that his visit might disturb communal harmony, official sources said on Sunday.

Muivah could enter Manipur, his home state, through two possible points -- the Manipur-Nagaland border at Mao gate in Senapati district and Jessami town on the Nagaland-Ukhrul route in Ukhrul district, they said.

India Reserve Battalion (IRB), Manipur Rifles and police commandos were deployed at these areas to prevent the entry of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (I-M) leader who was to visit his home town at Somdal in Ukhrul district from May 3 to 10.

The 75-year-old Naga leader has not visited his birthplace since 1960, sources close to him said.

The Manipur cabinet had on April 30 decided to prevent entry as it might cause communal disharmony endangering the peaceful coexistence of different ethnic communities.

Muivah, a senior Tangkhul Naga in Nagaland, was to visit several Naga-inhabited areas in Manipur to hold consultations with Naga leaders on the ongoing talks between NSCN (I-M) and the Centre.

Sources said the state government had informed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram that Manipur would not allow entry of Muivah because the ceasefire between NSCN (I-M) and Centre was in force only in Nagaland and not in Manipur.

DGP Y Joy Kumar has informed the Union home ministry that state police would not be able to provide security to him, sources said.

NSCN (I-M) and the Centre entered into a ceasefire agreement nearly a decade ago and peace talks have been going on for several years, sources said.

They said the talks had not been making much progress because of the demand of the NSCN (I-M) that all Naga-inhabited areas of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh should be merged with Nagaland -- a demand which was rejected by the neighbouring states.


First Published: Sunday, May 02, 2010, 17:34

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