MPP suspends fast unto death stir
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, June 15 2010: The seven-day old fast unto death stir of the Manipur People Party (MPP) suspended for sometimes today following assurance given by Central government.

Following the suspension of the stir the five leaders of the party who were arrested by the police have also been released from the judicial custody this afternoon apart from suspending the hunger strike of the 10 women workers of the party who followed the suit after second batch team was picked up by the police and detained in the judicial custody from June 13 .

The fast unto death stir was suspended following assurance given by the Union home secretary GK Pillai that Centre will provide central paramilitary force to open the blockade hit two national highways (NH-39 and NH-53) among others, said O Joy speaking to reporters at the party office this evening.

Pillai assured that Centre would send 16 companies of Central paramilitary forces including one company of women personnel to Manipur to deploy on the National Highway for opening the economic blockade, he said.

The home secretary also given assurance that no cadre of the NSCN (IM) will be allowed to operate in the state of Manipur where the ceasefire does not reached.

If any of them found operating in the state action will be taken and summons of NSNC (IM) general secretary, Thuingaleng Muivah to New Delhi.

MPP considered that the above assurances have fulfilled the demands of the MPP, O Joy said while announcing the suspension of the seven day old fast unto death stir of the party.

President, Dr Nimaichand Luwang, who was released from the judicial custody today after the suspension of the stir, said that MPP's agitation for the welfare of the people has been successfully concluded.

However, delay in Centre's response to open the economic blockade was not satisfactory.

Party will see at the action taken report of the Centre's deployment of paramilitary forces on the two national highways.

If no appropriate action taken up, the stir will resume, Dr Nimaichand warned.

MPP, mention may be made, started launching the hunger strike from June 7 last in protest against state and Central government inaction towards ending the economic blockade on the National Highways.

The economic blockade has, in the meanwhile, entered 65 day today.

With the suspension of the stir, police have also released five leaders of the party, its president, Dr Nimaichand Luwang and vice president, former Speaker, Sapam Dhananjoy, president of the youth front of the party, Mutum Maniton, vice president Thiyam Dilip and chairman of the minority cell of the party, Md Aurungzeb.

Police arrested them June 10 and 13 and after producing in the court on the charge of attempt to commit suicide remanded into the judicial custody where they were forced fed after refusing to eat.

The fasting stir of the 10 women workers of the party including president and working president of the party from June 13 last also suspended with immediate effect.

When the five leaders were released, party workers and leaders felicitated them at the party office at Statehood Square near Pologround this late afternoon.

Women vendors of the Khwairamband Bazar also took part in felicitating the leaders.