Manipur Govt warned Muivah of criminal cases: Student body



Aizawl: The Manipur government did not prohibit NSCN(IM) general secretary Thuingalen Muivah from visiting his ancestral village at Somdal in Ukrul district, but warned him that he could be prosecuted in criminal cases pending against him if he entered the state.

Stating this, adviser of the All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) S Rakesh, told a press conference here today, "The Manipur government never forbade the Naga rebel leader to visit his native village."

Muivah was warned as the ceasefire between the Centre and the Naga outfit was not extended to Manipur, he said.

He alleged that the Centre was to be blamed for the two-month long blockade of the national highways, the lifeline of Manipur.

The intervention of the Centre came too late as the people had suffered immensely due to the blockade, he said.

The Centre was sleeping and did not act despite the Supreme Court order on blockade of national highways, he said.

"If such situation arises again, the people of Manipur would be left with no option, but to get supply of essential commodities from neighbouring Myanmar," he warned.

The AMSU thanked the government and the people of Mizoram for extending help to the people of Manipur during the crisis by allowing transport of supplies through Mizoram.

PTI