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NSF to support ANSAM on economic blockade
Correspondent IMPHAL, APR 24
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Published on 24 Apr. 2010 11:44 PM IST
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Manipur police department, in a move to counter the indefinite economic blockade on the national highways imposed by the ANSAM, has pointed out seven strategic points where special security measure are to be taken up while escorting back vehicles along the NH-39, the lifeline of people of the state.
All Naga Students Association Manipur (ANSAM) extended the impose economic blockade on the national highways passing through Manipur, which ended Saturday midnight, in response to the Manipur government’s decision to go ahead with the elections to the Autonomous District Councils in Manipur hill districts in the month of May next.
Owing to the extended economic blockade, as many as 40 loaded trucks arriving from Khuzuma gate from Dimapur side were stranded even as over 100 vehicles- loaded trucks, oil tankers, inter-state buses were escorted back Friday evening.
Windshields of around 20 vehicles were broken in stoning by the blockade supporters on the stretch of the highway from Mao Makha till Lairouching. No casualties were however reported in the stoning.
A highly place official source Saturday identified the strategic points as Lairou, Chawainamei, Makhan, Karong, Taphou, Maram and Mao Makha and police intelligence has recommended deployment of additional security forces in these strategic locations.
ANSAM is going to approach its Nagaland counterpart Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) to extend support in the economic blockade the source disclosed adding that a meeting of the ANSAM held on Friday at Senapati town discussed the matter to seek support from NSF.
ANSAM in its meeting decided to extend the economic blockade indefinitely from midnight of April 24 in all the national highways in the state including plying of inter-state buses and empty trucks, the police intelligence reports said. It added that NSF was likely to extend support to ANSAM’s agitation.
Around 300 persons willing candidates to contest the proposed elections to the ADCs coming up from different hill districts of the state also held another separate meeting on April 23 at Taphou Maram community hall, Senapati, the police intelligence learnt.
The meeting resolved to abstain from contesting the election under the present status of the legislation, the third amendment of the Manipur (Hills) Autonomous District Council Act, 1971, the intelligence analysis report of the police added.
Meanwhile, Manipur government is planning to issue the notifications for the ADC elections on Monday. State election authority has taken up steps to issue the notification, another highly reliable source said.
Hectic processes are on to issue the notice, an official of the election department here said when contacted.

 
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