Manipur police commandos today arrested the president and information secretary of United Naga Council (UNC), the group behind the nearly month-long indefinite economic blockade of national highways in the northeastern state.
UNC president Gaidon Kamei and its information secretary Stephen Lamkang were arrested from Pheidinga area Imphal West district, 18 km from here, when they were travelling in a vehicle.
Senior Manipur police officer said the two were arrested for questioning and investigation in view of the UNC blockade which entered its 25th day today hitting normal life.
The UNC is against the Manipur government's decision to make Sadar Hills and Jiribam full fledged districts claiming it would bifurcate ancestral lands of Nagas living in the state.
The arrest has been condemned by All Naga Students Association Manipur (ANSAM) who demanded immediate release of the two UNC leaders.
ANSAM president Setshang in a press conference also sought immediate intervention by the Centre and said the current crisis is political and hence should be resolved politically.