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United Naga Council likely to lift Manipur blockade today

With the government of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh lifting prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC and heavy deployment of police and IRB personnel in Ukhrul district, United Naga Council (UNC) may end its 8-day long economic block

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Updated: Sep 11, 2014, 10:54 AM IST

Imphal: With the government of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh lifting prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC and heavy deployment of police and IRB personnel in Ukhrul district, United Naga Council (UNC) may end its 8-day long economic blockade in Manipur.

This comes a day after Special Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) flew down to Imphal and held a closed door meeting in the State capital with leaders of UNC.

Prakash Mishra also brought a letter from the MHA with reference to the recent memorandum of the UNC which was submitted to the Prime Minister of India.

"The gesture from the Government of India is quite encouraging and we will decide soon whether to suspend the ongoing indefinite blockade or not,” a UNC source said.

"It was a gigantic decision taken by the Naga frontal organisations to impose the blockade and reviewing the decision will only be done through the Presidential Council meeting," he added.

The apex Naga body has been opposing the imposition of prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC and heavy deployment of police and IRB personnel in Ukhrul.

About 500 Imphal-bound trucks, laden with fuel, life-saving drugs, food grains and household items, remain stranded in parts of Assam and Nagaland and at Jiribam in Manipur. The government has tried to facilitate their movement under heavy security cover.

The blockade has caused prices of essential commodities to soar. The state government has begun hoarding fuel at limited outlets.

UNC called the indefinite highway blockade in protest against the killing of two Naga youths in police firing in Ukhrul town. UNC, which is demanding Alternative Arrangement for Nagas living in Manipur outside the purview of the state government pending the Indo-Naga settlement, has also clamped an indefinite ban on construction work for national projects in the state.