UNC gifts another eco-blockade, this time for only 20 days
Source: The Sangai Express / Newmai News Network

Imphal, August 01 2010: The United Naga Council (UNC) has announced another economic blockade, this time for 20 days along the two National Highways leading to Manipur starting from 6 am of August 4 .

The United Naga Council (UNC) said that this is done so in line with democratic rights, without which there seems to be no way to attract the attention and response of the Government and the authorities concerned.

It is worth noting that the All Naga Students' Association, Manipur (ANSAM) had imposed a 68 days blockade on the National Highways leading to Manipur which ended on June 18 against the elections to the District Councils in Manipur hills.

On Sunday, the UNC announced a 20-day economic blockade saying that the Government of India has failed to respond to its ultimatum which ended on July 31 .

The UNC said today, "The ultimatum had been served following the declaration of the severance of all political ties with the Government of Manipur by the Naga people in the Naga Peoples' Convention (NPC) held on July 1, 2010 and their decision to seek the intervention of the Government of India for an alternative arrangement for the Nagas in Manipur State" .

There are four points which the the UNC has demanded from the Government of India.

One point is to institute a Judicial Enquiry into the May 6, 2010 incident at Mao Gate, where two students were shot dead and more than a hundred 'peaceful' protestors wounded by the Manipur State forces.

Another point has been the immediate withdrawal of the imposed section of 144 CrPC and 'demilitarisation' of the Naga areas by removal of the Indian Reserved Battalion (IRB) and Manipur police commandos.

It also demands for the removal of 'wanted' tags and fixing of rewards imposed on two Naga leaders.

The UNC then demands for the dissolution of the Autonomous District Councils which it termed them as 'undemocratically instituted'.

Meanwhile, the UNC appeals to all concerned to kindly extend their cooperation towards "this expression of our democratic rights" .

The United Naga Council said that it is compelled to resort to such agitation as the fiveday ultimatum submitted on July 27 to the Prime Minister of India has evoked no response till date.

"The Government of India's intervention had been sought on the irredeemably vitiated situation prevailing in the Naga areas in the present State of Manipur within five days of the ultimatum and the same was widely circulated to the media for general information to the public," the UNC said.