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Correspondent IMPHAL, JUN 10:
Published on 10 Jun. 2010 11:12 PM IST
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Police on Thursday arrested the two leaders of the Manipur People Party (MPP) on indefinite fast in protest against government’s inaction to end the two month economic blockade on the National Highways in Manipur.
MPP president Dr Nimaichand Luwang and former Speaker, Sapam Dhananjoy who are on fast unto death since last Monday were arrested by a team of Imphal city police station at about 12.30 pm.
No sooner were the two leaders arrested, three members of the party, president of the youth front of the party, Mutum Maniton, vice president Thiyam Dilip and chairman of the minority cell of the party, Md Aurungzeb replaced them and started fasting from 1 pm.
The police has booked them under section 309 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), related with attempt to commit suicide and was produced in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Imphal west.
As they refused to obtain bail despite court’s ruling, police have taken them 15 days judicial custody and transferred them to the security ward of the JNIMS hospital for medical attention as their health condition were highly deteriorated, a police officer said.
Force feeding on the two leaders also started after their health conditions were checked by the doctors of the hospital, hospital source added.
MPP has been blaming the inaction on the part of the Central government and Manipur government to end the economic blockade despite repeated pleas to find ways to end the blockade imposed by ANSAM in protest against holding of elections under the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council (Third Amendment) Act, 2008.
UNC and some other Naga based civil organisations have also been backing the students’ body.
“We are not satisfied with the State as well as Central governments’ inaction towards ending the blockade. We have submitted many representations to the Prime Minister, Union Minister and State Chief Minister but so no reply or action taken to address the plight of the people comes up,” MPP general secretary lamented.
The economic blockade entered its 60th day today and as a result of prolonged imposition of the blockade, the public have been facing artificial scarcity of all kinds of essential commodities.Prices of available items have also sky-rocketed.
On the other had even though oil pumps remain close, petrol, diesel and cooking LPG gas are available in grey markets at much higher rate beyond the affordable prices of the poor and common people.
Diesel costs around Rs 80 to 90 per litre against its normal rate of Rs 30 per litre, petrol at Rs 110 to 120 while refilled LPG cylinder is available at a cost of around Rs. 1500 per cylinder.

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