Many defend NH-39 boycott
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, October 07: Close on the heels of AMUCO questioning the wisdom behind the boycott call of NH-39, the Manipurgee Apunba Ngamkhei Kanbada Tengbangba Lup today said that the boycott of NH-39 is not against any community but just to protest the atrocities committed by some anti-social elements on the highway.

A statement issued by the general secretary of the Lup admitted that the boycott must have led to the suffering of the people but hastened to add that it would be wrong to remain mute spectators to the happenings on the highway.

The time has come for everyone to look for solution, said the statement and added that everyone knows that unity is the need of the hour.

It is also the duty of the Central Government to ensure the safety of passengers traveling on the highway, said the statement and added that civil societies should also take it upon themselves to ensure the safety of passengers.

The Lup added that Manipur is currently in a critical situation and criticizing each other in will not prove positive.

Everyone knows who wants to go their own separate ways throwing a spanner in the process to unify the Manipuri people, further said the Lup.

Criticizing the decision of another civil society will prove nothing except create confusion in the minds of the people.

The Lup also said that it fully supports the course of action taken up by UCM and called upon all to sort out their differences through dialogue and discussion.

There is no point in creating confusion amongst the people of Manipur, it added.

A number of other voluntary organizations have also come out in full support of the NH-39 boycott call given by the UCM.

The Manipur Peace and Integrity Council in a statement said that boycotting NH-39 should not mean that the decision was taken against the people of Nagaland.

It is fortunate that some people are trying to give a communal tinge to the protest over the highway, said the statement and added that it is the duty of the Centre and the State Govt to provide protection on the highway.