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Nagas protest Manipur govt ban on Muivah’s visit

Security personnel with armoured vehicles manning the Nagaland-Manipur border check post to prevent Th Muivah’s entery to Manipur, Monday. (EP)
Correspondent IMPHAL/Dimapur/Kohima, May 3 (NPN):
Published on 4 May. 2010 1:38 AM IST
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Defying prohibitory orders imposed by the district administrations, protest demonstrations were held at various places in Senapati and Ukhrul districts of Manipur Monday against Manipur government’s move to prevent entry of NSCN (I-M) leader, Th Muivah.
Manipur government shielded its border gates by detailing security personnel’s in which Muivah was likely to travel, at Mao gate on the NH-39 in Senapati district and at Jessami on the NH-150 border with Nagaland.
Meanwhile, district magistrates of Ukhrul and Senapati districts have imposed sec.144 Cr PC. Amid tight security arrangement and imposition of 144 CrPC in the heart of Ukhrul town, a public meeting was staged at Ukhrul Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) ground on Monday to discuss disturbances from the government on Muivah’s visit to his native home.
Leaders of the apex Tangkhul Civil Societies including Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL), Tangkhul Mayar Ngala Long (TMNL), Tangkhul Shanao Long (TSL) and others addressed in the meet resolved to condemn univocally the prohibitory orders and restrictions imposed to Muivah’s visit. Shops, schools and other establishments in the district headquarters remained closed while all vehicles were kept off the road during the meeting.
Police arrived towards the end of the meeting and fired few rounds of tear gas to conclude the meeting.
Naga bodies write to PM
Naga Hoho, Naga mothers’ association (NMA), Naga students’ federation (NSF) and the Naga peoples’ movement for human rights (NPMHR) Monday resolved to ensure the safe transit of NSCN (I-M) “ato kilonser” Th. Muivah to his native village in Ukhrul. According to a press statement issued by NPMHR member Neikesanuo Sorhie, the decision was made at a joint meeting held at Kohima. A committee was formed to escort Muivah and mobilize the public to ensure his safety in case government of India or Manipur government attempted to obstruct NSCN (I-M) leader’s visit. It has requested public to cooperate and support towards bringing peace in the region.
Meanwhile, the committee, in an ultimatum to the prime minister,said that Manipur government would be held solely responsible for any consequences arising out of the situation.
Stating that the proposed visit had the consent of the government of India, the committee said allowing the ban by the state was a double standard and insincerity on the part of government of India on the “Indo-Naga peace talks.” It cautioned to take any action considered appropriate if government of India failed to lift ban on Muivah’s entry within 24 hours.
In another memorandum to the PM , Naga women’s union (NWU), united Naga council (UNC), all Naga students’ association Manipur (ANSAM) and Naga peoples’ movement for human rights (NPMHR) have appealed the PM to intervene and enable Muivah’s scheduled visit peacefully.
Police bars NSF team
A delegation of NSF led by its president Mutsikhoyo Yhobu were prevented from entering Mao gate by personnel of Manipur police and commandos today.
The NSF has issued an ultimatum to Manipur chief minister, demanding immediate revocation of 144 CrPC in Naga areas within 24 hours starting May 3, 6 p.m. to May 4, 6 pm. Failing which, it said whatever untoward incidents that might occur, the NSF and the Nagas will not be held accountable.

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