NSF softens stand, ban on State vehicles likely to be relaxed
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 10 2010: Thanks to the concerted efforts initiated by some civil organisations, notably the All Manipur Christian Organisation, in reaching out to the civil society organisations in Nagaland, the Naga Students' Federation has stated that it will consider relaxing the ban imposed on all Manipur vehicles in Nagaland soon.

The student body had imposed the ban in protest against the prevention of NSF leaders from crossing Mao Gate into Manipur by the State forces on May 3 .

The NSF had stated that the ban would be lifted only after the Government of Manipur tender an apology and contended that the NSF team were on their way to Oinam village to attend a jubilee celebration.

The State forces on the other hand were deployed at Mao Gate in full strength to prevent any attempt by Th Muivah to enter Manipur.

Other than the demand for an apology from the Government of Manipur, NSF had also demanded that restrictions imposed under CrPC 144 in Naga inhabited areas of Manipur be lifted immediately.

A written intimation, in the form of a reply to the State Government's overture, dated July 9 and addressed to Chief Minister O Ibobi has shed light that the Government of Manipur had expressed "regret for the inconvenience caused to the NSF officials on May 3 at Mao Gate" .

The NSF's reply was in response to the written intimation sent by State Government through the Chief Secretary on June 5 .

President of the All Manipur Christian Organisation, Prim Vaiphei, who received the letter today has handed the same over to a Minister of the Ibobi Government.

The letter from the NSF, a copy of which is available with The Sangai Express, said that though it was not fully convinced with the content of the letter sent by the Government, it will consider relaxing the ongoing agitation within a short period of time, considering the appeals issued by numerous civil society organisations.

"However the principal stand of the NSF, which was stated in our earlier ultimatum shall still stand," said NSF and added that it is committed to protect "the inherent rights of our people at all cost" .

Underlining the stand of AMCO, Rev Prim Vaiphei said, "We will continue to carry our peace and goodwill mission till an amicable solution is reached," while chatting with The Sangai Express.

After holding a two day discussion session with the Nagaland Baptist Church Council, NSF and Nagaland Mothers' Association, AMCO had appealed to the State Government to repeal the wanted tag on the leaders of ANSAM and UNC.