UCM to go ahead with highway boycott, MoU to be signed with Nagaland
Source: Manipur Mail

Imphal, October 14: The United Committee team which went to New Delhi to meet the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister have returned home.

After arriving yesterday they discussed the situation and informed the media that they will wait for the outcome of the proposed meeting between the Manipur government and the Nagaland government.

The Chief Minister O Ibobi informed the UCM President Sapamcha Jadumani that a meeting was held on October 8 in the Prime Minister's Office in which Chief Secretary and other senior officials of Manipur government and representatives of MHA, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways were present.

It was agreed that the BRO will workout the security requirement for works on NH 53 by 25 October 2002.The state government will help the BRO in resolving the land compensation issues and the problems the latter is facing in quarrying of construction material and mobilization of labour.

BRO will take steps to facilitate completion of the upgradation of NG 53 by 2005.The Manipur and Nagaland governments have agreed to formulate an action plan for securing the NH 39.The Chief Secretaries, DGPs and the Home Secretaries of the two states will jointly carry out an exercise in this regard and in a time bound manner and they are already on the job.

The government of Manipur has also prepared a draft MoU which will DC finalized soon.

Inspite of the assurances of the Chief Minister the UCM President said the Committee is in position to call off the boycott.

The political parties tried to take political mileage from the situation by dropping the UCM from the delegation that went to meet the PM, UCM charged.

Some vehicles are moving on the National Highway no 39, they said.

It defeats the very purpose of the move to stop extortion and harassment by NSCN(IM) cadres they said.

If the drivers and owners give money what is the point of the movement they said.

We have to stop paying money to the militants they said.

The recent visit was quite successful they observed.

The centre has decided to issue 60 identity cards to the NSCN(IM) cadres and they will remain confined to their designated camps they said.

During the talks with SC Jamir, Nagaland CM he denied that NSCN(IM) cadres were extorting money under the very nose of army and Nagaland Police.

But when he was shown the receipts issued by NSCN he assured to take up steps so that extortion and harassment are stopped.

The UCM reiterated that the NSCN(IM) is violating the ground rules of the cease by openly carrying arms and looting people.