Senapati district still tense
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, May 08 2010: Even as NSCN (IM) General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah has temporarily deferred his trip to Manipur, situation in Senapati district still remains tense.

In response to Muivah's earlier announcement of visiting Manipur including his native village between May 3 and 8, the State Government took up stringent security measures to bar Muivah from entering Manipur.

The heightened security arrangement is still in place.

On the other hand, Naga bodies continued blocking Senapati-Mao section of NH 39 as well as Imphal-Ukhrul road in protest against the Government's decision to bar entry of Muivah into Manipur.

Boulders, trees and other articles were put across NH 39 between Khongnem and Tumuyon Khullen today too in protest against the Cabinet decision.

The protest demonstration of blocking roads was intensified following the death of two protesters at Mao on May 6 in police action aimed at foiling a protest rally.

Coupled with the ongoing economic blockade against the Government's plan to hold ADC elections, the renewed protest movement blocking roads has ceased all kinds of vehicular movement along NH 39 .

Trees, boulders and other articles are still lying across NH 39 at different spots between Lairouching and Tumuyon Khullen along NH 39.People also staged protest demonstrations at Mayangkhang and Tumuyon Khullen today.

They shouted slogans like "Long Live Nagalim", "Long Live Muivah", "We want peace" etc.

Women leader of T Khullen TS Kavaila said, "We are still preparing to welcome Muivah" .

Meanwhile, troops of 16 Maratha Light Infantry reached 22 Assam Rifles post at Mao yesterday.

Post mortem examinations of Chakho and Daikhoi killed in the May 6 incident were conducted at Mao Rural Hospital today but the corpses have not been claimed as yet.

On the other hand, police commandos and IRBs are still put on alert at Mao while additional forces are kept on stand by at Kangpokpi.

A mass rally organised by the Naga Mothers' Association in support of Muivah's proposed visit to Manipur was seen marching towards Mao Gate from Nagaland side today.

However, there is no report of any untoward incident.