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Alert in Manipur as blockade begins
Correspondent IMPHAL, APR 11 (NPN)
Published on 12 Apr. 2010 12:35 AM IST
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Manipur police Sunday have asked all the police stations and security establishments guarding the National highways to keep close vigil on the movement of the All Naga Students’ Association of Manipur (ANSAM) and other bodies supporting the six day economic blockade to begin Sunday midnight effective till midnight of April 17, official sources said.
ANSAM is imposing a 6-day economic blockade along the two national highways (NH-39 and 53) and other highways passing through Manipur in protest against holding of elections of the Autonomous District Council under the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Councils (3rd Amendment) Act, 2008.
State police informed that ANSAM volunteers and its like minded Naga based organisations in Naga dominated areas particularly along the Imphal-Mao section of NH-39 and Imphal-Jiribam section of the NH-53 have started gathering to impose the blockade. They are likely to cause disturbances to vehicles transporting goods on the highways; an official source said quoting intelligence reports.
Meanwhile, the elections to the ADCs in Manipur has become a matter of concern as objections were coming up from various hill based organisation after the UNC started protest on the matter.
The objections have also become a matter of concern for the MLAs from hill areas as the whole responsibility of amendment of the Act lies on them as members of the Hills Areas Committee of the Manipur Legislative Assembly who initiated to move the bill in the state Assembly seeking support of the remaining 40 MLAs from the valley areas.
The Manipur Tribal Joint Action Committee against Election under Unwanted District Council Act (MTJACEUUDCA) alleged O Ibobi Singh led SPF government of having little or no concern for the tribal people and demanded to deflect its stand to announce the election schedule on or before April 12. Failing which, a statement of the committee signed by its chairman GK Rongmei, warned they would be compelled to launch their course of action to thwart the government move to hold the elections.
The Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council (3rd Amendment) Act, 2008 has been most unpopular/unfortunate Act for the State of Manipur and tribals in particular, lamented in a statement signed by the Kom Rem Union Manipur general secretary Boyes Kom.
“It is inadmissible and inharmonious Act,” the statement said terming it as unfortunate to conduct the election under the “unpopular” Act after a prolonged held up of the election for more than 20 years.
Once the election is held, the extension of sixth schedule of the Indian Constitution will be delayed, observed the union.

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