Central forces to take down Manipur blockade

New Delhi, Jun 14: Deciding to send Central forces, the government has finally stepped into the rescue of Manipur, which has been cut off from the rest of the country for over 60 days due to a blockade launched by protesting Naga groups.

Speaking to a news agency, Home Secretary G K Pillai on Monday, Jun 14 informed, “We have decided to send Central forces to remove the blockade.”

He also added that the chief secretaries of Nagaland and Manipur are scheduled meet on Wednesday, Jun 16 to review the situation.

The 65-day long blockade of the National Highways 39 (Imphal-Dimapur) and 53 (Imphal-Silchar) has lead to shortage of essential commodities in Manipur.

Naga groups blocked the National Highways passing through Nagaland and connecting Manipur to protest against Manipur government’s refusal to allow NSCN leader T Muivah’s entry into the state.

The blockade was launched on Apr 11 and intensified on May 3 after the State refused entry to the NSCN (IM) general secretary.

Manipur was severely hit by the blockade with essential commodities such as food and medicines quickly depleting.


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