Indefinite economic blockade along Imphal-Dimapur highway declared

Indefinite economic blockade along Imphal-Dimapur highway declared

IMPHAL: The Committee for Kojury and Dzuko land boundary resolution (CKDLBR) held a press conference at the Manipur Press Club and declared its resolve of going ahead with the earlier decision to commence the indefinite economic blockade along the Imphal-Dimapur from midnight of June 1.

Speaking to the media, N Rajendro & Boy, spokesperson of the committee stated that the failure on the part of the state government to initiate any concrete action to stop the ongoing construction of road by Nagaland government at least 15 kms inside Manipur territory, and also the inability of the state government to deploy state security forces along the state boundary at the disputed sites despite repeated requests by the committee has prompted it to take such unfortunate steps.

It was also disclosed that a group of southern Angami individuals have taken up frisking of persons coming from Mao towards Nagaland at Khuzuma check post in the presence of security personnels and are forcing all residents of Mao to turn back. It was further reported that the activity will continue for the next five days.

The spokesperson appealed to all sections of the society to refrain from continuing with such discriminating activities which is bound to create unnecessary communal tension and deteriorate the cordial relations of different groups, and that the sole demand for the committee is for the state government to lay down a clear boundary so that future misunderstandings are avoided.

Recalling the turn of events, the spokesperson said that during the 1st week of October 2014, when the incursion and undesirable construction activities inside Manipur territory came to the notice of the Mao Council, it wrote to the Senapati DC highlighting the incursion after which, on October 22, Tadubi SDO along with Mao police personnel conducted a spot enquiry and prepared a detailed report which was later submitted to the Chief Secretary, Manipur by the DC Senapati during the first week of November 2014.

However, all these efforts failed to elicit any positive response from the state government. Pursuing the matter further, Mao Council submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister on April 22, 2015 which included details of the incursion and construction activities with the demand that the incursion and construction activities must be stopped immediately, and that a concrete step should be taken up within a week.

The state government yet again failed to initiate any action during the stipulated period which forced the committee to declare a state blockade as a result. Moreover, it also led to the formation of the committee (CKDLBR) on May 15 after a meeting at the office of the Mao Council, Tadubi. Lamenting the dismissive attitude of the state government, Rajendro appealed to the government to interfere and take necessary action in time to stop the incursion and construction of road by Nagaland Government inside Manipur territory before the issue blows out of control.

He also expressed hope that the public will cooperate and support the decision to impose indefinite economic blockade in case the state government fails to come up with a solution by June 1.

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