Muivah fails to turn up
Police on 24-hr alert at Mao gate, Tungjoi, Jessami
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, May 03 2010: NSCN-IM leader Thuingaleng Muivah, who according to the itinerary sent by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to the State Home Department was supposed to come to Manipur today, failed to turn up either at the Mao gate in Senapati district or at Jessami in Ukhrul district where large police teams are waiting with full preparedness.

Large number of state security personnel including Manipur Police Commando and IRB have been camping at Mao gate on National Highway 39 and Tungjoi on Tadubi-Ukhrul road in Senapati district and Jessami on National Highway 150 in Ukhrul district since yesterday evening.

Assam Rifles personnel are also helping the state force in manning the border gates.

Police have made all necessary security arrangements at Mao gate including setting up bunkers in case the situation turns ugly.

Meanwhile, a highly informed police source said that the Union Ministry of Home Affairs had advised the NSCN-IM leader Th Muivah not to go to Manipur.

This was intimated by the MHA to the Manipur Police.

Yet the state police are not taking any chances.

Police commandos, personnel of 2nd, 4th and 6th IRB, civil police and personnel of 22 AR led by Imphal West Senior SP L Kailun are carefully guarding the Mao gate to prevent Muivah from entering Manipur.

Prohibitory order under section 144 of CrPC was promulgated at Mao yesterday evening.

Meanwhile, all shops, hotels, restaurants and business establishments at Mao have remained closed from yesterday evening.

Except the vehicles belonging to the security force, no other civil vehicle plied along the National Highway 39 at Mao areas.

No vehicles coming from Nagaland side were also allowed to cross the Mao gate, and were forced to turn back.

Even vehicles of security forces were also thoroughly checked by the Manipur Police at the Mao gate before allowing them to enter Manipur's territory.

One vehicle of Nagaland Police which tried to cross Mao gate was stopped by Manipur Police.

On enquiring where and why the Nagaland Police want to enter Manipur, the police personnel inside the vehicle said that they were coming as Road Opening Party (ROP) for a VIP's visit.

But Manipur Police did not allow them to proceed towards Manipur.

They were made to turn back.

A team of Naga Students' Federation (NSF) led by its president who came in a Bolero and a car was stopped before the gate and was not allowed to go further.

After some time, the NSF team turned back and drove away.

Police also removed festoons of welcoming Muivah from near the Mao gate.

From Mao to Senapati district headquarter, posters on which "Warm Welcome to Mr Th Muivah, Ato Kilonser, GPRN," "No Naga Integration, No Solution," "Respect the Uniqueness of the Naga History," "Unification of Naga Homeland is Our Birth Right," etc.

were written were seen pasted on the walls.

Such posters were also seen pinned on the walls in Chandel and Tamenglong districts as well.

Passengers and vehicles which were stopped before the Mao gate were later allowed to enter Manipur.

While the situation looked quite desolate at Mao, it looked very different at Kangpokpi.

The market was abuzz with all the shops, hotels, restaurants and other business establishments remaining open, and people doing about their normal duties as usual.

Security arrangments in the areas from Tadubi to Paomata and Tungjoi are being looked after by Bishnupur district SP Jayenta.

Thoubal district SP Clay Khongsai and Imphal East SP Th Radheshyam are leading the security deployment at Ukhrul and Jessami.