Manipur to prevent entry of NSCN-IM leader Muivah
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Last Updated: Saturday, May 01, 2010, 10:50
Imphal: The Manipur government has decided to prevent the entry of NSCN-IM general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah in the state as his visit may lead to communal disharmony, an official spokesman said on Saturday.

The decision to prevent entry of Muivah in Manipur was taken during a hurriedly-convened cabinet meeting last evening presided over by Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, Sports Minister and government spokesman N Biren said.

The ceasefire between the Centre and NSCN-IM is in force only in Nagaland and not in Manipur, Biren said, adding Muivah's visit to Manipur may not only lead to communal disharmony but also disturb peaceful co-existence among different communities in the state.

Biren said the decision has been conveyed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidamabaram.

Muivah whose insurgent group NSCN-IM has been holding peace talks with Centre for more than 10 years was to visit his hometown in Somdal in Manipur's Ukhrul district from May 3 to 10, official sources said.

They said Muivah was also due to visit Naga-inhabited areas of Manipur to hold consultative meetings with Naga leaders on the ongoing talks between NSCN-IM, which has been demanding integration of Naga-settled areas with neighbouring Nagaland, and the Centre.


First Published: Saturday, May 01, 2010, 10:50

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