Horns locked over Muivah's visit
State Govt blunts Delhi's wish for go ahead nod

Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, May 11 2010: As the crisis and apprehension re-sulting from NSCN (IM) General Secretary Th Mui-vah's proposed visit to Manipur still hanging heavy in the air, Union Home Secre-tary GK Pillai and IndoNaga peace talk interlocutor RS Pandey arrived on a special flight at Imphal to-day and sought suggestions from the State Govt to work out a settlement.

Stating that the Home Secretary's visit to the State was to take stock of the prevailing situation in Manipur, SPF spokesperson N Biren informed media persons that the State Govt clearly spelt out its stance before the Home Secretary on the rebel leader's proposed visit to Manipur.

After landing at Imphal at about 3 pm, GK Pillai and RS Pandey met the Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers including Law Minister Th Debendra, Po-wer Minister Phungzathang Tonsing, PHE Minister TN Haokip and Health Minister Ph Parijat.

During the meeting, the Home Secretary asked the State Ministers to give their suggestions on how to end the existing crisis.

On their part, the Central officials evinced their desire to allow entry of Muivah to Manipur in order to end the impasse and restore normalcy.

However the State Government categorically stated that they would not budge from their resolution adopted earlier, conveyed a well placed source.

Notably, the State Government had already turned down the Centre's suggestion to fly Muivah to Ukhrul by a helicopter.

Peace talk interlocutor RS Pandey also briefed the Chief Minister about the continuing political dialogue with the NSCN (IM).

Pandey elaborated on the positive effects of the peace talk on Manipur.

Pandey stated that carrying on the peace talk would reduce subversive activities like extortions, threats, abductions etc.

The Home Secretary al-so put forth the Centre's commitment to safeguard the territory of Manipur.

The Home Secretary and the interlocutor also held meetings with the Chief Secretary, DGP, Commissioner (Home), GOC 57 Mountain Division and IG of CRPF and commander of 10 AR based at Ukhrul.

Meanwhile, it has been decided to deploy CRPF at Mao from tomorrow.

The meeting also discussed about persuading Muivah to go back from Viswema, Nagaland as well as to lift the economic blockade and address the shortages being encountered in Manipur.

GK Pillai and RS Pandey who are putting up the night at Raj Bhavan would leave for Kohima at 8 am tomorrow in a helicopter.

The State Govt's is standing firmly on its stance but the Centre's decision depends on central leaders, SPF spokesperson Biren said.