Imphal: Normal life in three hills districts
of Manipur was on Monday affected because of counter-economic
blockade launched by United Naga Council (UNC) from last
midnight in protest against the demand of creation of a
district by Kuki tribes, official reports said.
Normal life was affected in Ukhrul, Senapati and
Tamenglong districts where Nagas are in majority with UNC
activists blocking the two important national highways -
Imphal- Dimapur- Guwahati (NH 39) and Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar
(NH53), reports said.
A hill-based committee, Sadar Hills District Demand
Committee (SHDDC), imposed economic blockade on the two
national highways since August 1 last to press their demand
for conversion of Kuki-settled Sadar Hills area into
a full-fledged district in Naga-majority Senapati district
But it was strongly opposed by the Naga civil societies
saying Nagas` areas could not be bifurcated, said UNC and some
other Naga organisations.
But SHDDC said their demand was genuine and launched
since 1971 saying for convenience of the administration, Sadar
Hills should be converted into a full-fledged district.
Official sources said the government was seriously
considering conversion of the Sadar Hills into a district and
all previous governments wanted it to be a district.
Sources said to avoid any communal clash, the decision was
Reports from the markets said prices of all essential
items have gone up manifold with petrol selling at Rs 120 per
litre at black market because all vehicles carrying essential
items were stuck at many places.
Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh is now in Delhi to meet
Union Home minister P Chidambaram to discuss the Manipur