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Blockade on for 50 dys
Published on 3 Jun. 2010 12:12 AM IST
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With Tuesday’s talks between the Centre and NSCN (I-M) focusing only on “major” political issues, the ongoing blockade of National Highway 39, Manipur’s lifeline, by Naga protesters was likely to continue for an indefinite period. The blockade, which began 50 days ago, has caused immense hardship to the people of Manipur with essential commodities, lifesaving drugs and fuel becoming scarce. On April 12, the All-Naga Students’ Association of Manipur (ANSAM) had begun the blockade to oppose Manipur’s decision to hold Autonomous District Council (ADC) elections in tribal-dominated hill districts. It claimed that the ADC Act “suppresses tribal rights.”

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