NSF justifies total blockade
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, May 20, 2010: Defending its decision of imposing an indefinite ban on movement of vehicles with Manipur registration numbers throughout Naga inhabited areas, the Naga Students' Federation (NSF) said that it was left with no option other than imposing the ban when Manipur Government denied NSF officials to enter Manipur, followed by the killing of two students at Mao Gate on May 6 and causing injuries to hun dreds of Naga womenfolk.

A press release issued by the NSF said that its officials were travelling to Manipur to ascertain preparation for its 3rd federal assembly, pre-scheduled for May 7 at Oinam village in Senapati district.

But the officials were not given passage by Manipur Police stationed at Mao Gate.

In the aftermath of the May 6 incident, the NSF appealed to the Government to revoke the prohibitions clamped under Section 144 CrPC in Naga areas but it went unheeded.

Saluting the spirit of the southern Nagas, the NSF lamented the turning down of the Nagas' invitation by valley civil organisations for people to people dialogue to break the stalemate.

It said that the NSF is still exploring avenues that each others' rights be respected and differences set right through people to people dialogue.

It added that the NSF is not holding any other community to ransom.