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UNC President and associate arrested

Press Trust of India  |  Imphal 

police commandos today arrested the president and information secretary of (UNC), the group behind the nearly month-long indefinite economic blockade of national in the northeastern state.

UNC president Gaidon Kamei and its information secretary Stephen Lamkang were arrested from Pheidinga area West district, 18 km from here, when they were travelling in a vehicle.

Senior 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 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 (ANSAM) who demanded immediate release of the two UNC leaders.

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.

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First Published: Fri, November 25 2016. 20:08 IST