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ANSAM extends NH blockade for 1 week

Vehicles line up for petrol in Manipur as the state has been hit with petroleum shortage after the economic blockade called by ANSAM on NH 39 and 53. (EP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, APR 17
Published on 18 Apr. 2010 12:30 AM IST
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Over 170 trucks were stranded at Khuzama beyond Mao gate on Nagaland side as the ANSAM extended its intensified form of economic blockade on the National Highways in Manipur for another one week even as a high level meeting convened by the Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh discussed on the latest development in the proposed conduct of elections to the Autonomous (Hill) District Council.
The agitating ANSAM has decided to extend the economic blockade on the NH- 39, 53 and others for another one week even though the six-day blockade expired last midnight. It has extended the blockade for alleged failure on the part of the Manipur government to initiate any apparent step to address their demands for amendment of the Manipur (Hill) Areas Autonomous District Council Act, 2008 before the election to the ADCs are held.
Reports received here said that more than 170 goods laden trucks arrived from Dimapur side and being stranded at Khuzama, the last gate of Nagaland to Manipur owing to the blockade. Drivers also reportedly refused to proceed with security escorts saying that the number of escort personnel provided was not enough to protect them from possible harassment from supporters of the strike.
Plying of inter-state passenger buses has also stopped Saturday due to fear of attacks by the blockade supporters. At Jiribam on the Imphal-Jiribam section of the NH-53, around 30 loaded trucks arriving from Assam were stranded. Inter-state buses were also off the road, reports said.
Manipur Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh Friday evening convened a high level meeting with the top bureaucrats discussing on the main issues ahead of the state government holding ADC election under the existing Act.
It may be mentioned that despite government’s plan to issue the notification for election to ADCs by April 15, the same was not issued apparently owing the objections coming up from various pressure bodies like the UNC, ANSAM and other tribal bodies.
Employees of the state government under the banner of the JAC of AMTUC and AMGEO continued their cease work strike which commenced from January 17 last demanding in toto implementation of recommendation of the
Sixth Pay Commission effective from January 2006. The consultation meeting on the ADC election was also attended by the DCs of the five hill districts of the state, Ukhrul, Senapati, Chandel, Tamenglong and Churachandpur. Reliable sources said that Chief Minister was likely to convene a meeting of the cabinet to review the decision with regard to the holding of the elections.

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