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UCM boycott Rio’s visit; TNL calls indefinite bandh
D. Thingbaijam/P. Shimray IMPHAL/UKHRUL, May 28:
Published on 29 May. 2011 12:33 AM IST
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A dawn to dusk bandh (6 a.m.- 6 p.m.) was called by the United Committee Manipur (UCM) Saturday for boycotting the visit of Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio and his entourage, partially affected life in parts of Manipur.
According to police reports, in Sekmai area along NH-39 and Lamlai, NH-150, bandh supporters blocked movement of all types of vehicles. In some areas, vehicles were also stoned for violating the bandh.
Police, however, said that all the Senapati-bound vehicles were allowed to proceed after their intervention.
UCM supporters also halted movement of vehicles at Yaingangpokpi and Sekmai, transporting people from Ukhrul to Senapati who were to attend the programme.
The UCM alleged that the launch of NPF’s Manipur unit was a part of various strategies including part of the plan of the NSCN (I-M) to disintegrate Manipur.
UCM said the Nagaland chief minister’s visit to Senapati came at a time when people of Manipur were preparing to observe the June 2011 uprising and therefore, was tantamount to instigating and heightening tension among the communities in the state.
UCM said had Rio’s visit been normal, it would have extended a warm welcome but since there was a hidden agenda behind his visit, the UCM decided to boycott it.
TNL indefinite bandh
Decrying the boycott called by the United Committee Manipur (UCM), the Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) also imposed an indefinite bandh along the Imphal-Ukhrul section of the NH-150 with effect from 1 p.m. Saturday.
TNL alleged that vehicles ferrying people to attend the launching programme were damaged by the UCM supporters.
“The decision to impose indefinite blockade is to counter the UCM’s general strike and unnecessary harassment meted out to the people from Ukhrul,” the TNL told the Nagaland Post. The TNL had strongly condemned the unnecessary harassment.
A TNL spokesman said that in view of the United Committee Manipur’s general strike to boycott the Neiphiu Rio’s visit to Senapati, the state government had deployed a heavy security blanket along the NH 39.

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