Aizawl: The Naga Students Union,
spearheading the blockade of Manipur since early April, Saturday claimed that NSCN (IM) general secretary Th Muivah`s visit to
Somdal, his native village in Manipur`s Ukhrul district, did
not have any connection with the outfit`s demand for `Greater
"We ask the government of India whether everybody has
the right to visit his or her native village. What is the law
which prohibits Muivah from visiting his ancestral village?" a
four-member NSF delegation led by its adviser Elu Nadang told
reporters here today.
The Naga student leaders also alleged that while the
media blamed them for the Manipur blockade, they should also
know that the Manipur government had created `obstacles` for
the Nagas living in the state.
"The world should know that two Naga students were
brutally gunned down by the Manipur Rifles," they said
referring to the May 6 incident at the check gate at Mao on
the Manipur-Nagaland border.
They said that normalcy should return and the two
neighbouring states of Nagaland and Manipur should find an
amicable solution to the current impasse.
The NSF leaders came here at the request of the Mizo
Zirlai Pawl (MZP), the Mizo apex student body to mediate
between the two student communities.
The MZP leaders said that they would try their
best to broker understanding between the two student
"We informed the Naga student leaders that their
current blockade has created severe hardship for Mizos living
in Manipur," a MZP leader said.
The blockade was to protest against elections to six
autonomous district councils.