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Manipur: Indefinite economic blockade to be lifted from today midnight

ANI  |  Imphal (Manipur) [India] 

In what may come as a respite for the residents here, indefinite economic blockade will be lifted from today midnight.

Lifting of indefinite economic blockade was resolved in a tripartite talk, involving (UNC), the and the Goverment in Manipur's Senapati.

Another round of tripartite talks involving the State Government, the (UNC) and the Central was held today at the Senapati Deputy Commissioner office here.

Satyendra Garg, Ministry of Home Affairs - North East in-charge represented the of at the tripartite meeting.

Additional Chief Secretary (Home) and Works Commissioner K. Radhakumar represented the State

All UNC leaders with the president Gaidon Kamei, who took part in the previous round of tripartite meeting held at Delhi, were also present.

The team included three former presidents, the president of the All Naga Students' Association (ANSAM) and the president of the Naga Women Union (NWU).

Since November 1, 2016, was facing an economic blockade spearheaded by the UNC.

The UNC has been of the view that the areas of Tamenglong, Senapati, Ukhrul and Chandel in are Naga-majority hill districts, and opposed the creation of seven new districts in the state.

In protest, it announced an economic blockade of on grounds that the new districts encroach on the ancestral land of the Nagas and all it has done is to weaken their vote in upcoming elections.

The UNC had blocked Highway 2 and 37 and had stopped all trucks from carrying supplies into Imphal. It had also blocked the Trans-Asian Highway.

The blockade had resulted in inflation in prices and shortages of food, fuel, medicines, gas and other essential supplies. Mobile internet has been suspended.

The police presence had been increased and 4000 personnel of central paramilitary forces had been deployed by the of

Incidents of assault of members of Naga and Meitei tribes in their minority areas have also been reported. Policemen have also been assaulted at some places and some offices have also been burnt down.

Two rounds of meeting were already held regarding suspension or lifting of the economic blockade but without any success.

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First Published: Sun, March 19 2017. 19:16 IST