ANSAM stir begins, security beefed up
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 20: Security arrangement along national Highways 39 and 53 have been intensified in view of the indefinite economic blockade imposed by the All Naga Students� Association Manipur to protest the State Government declaration of June 18 at �State Integrity Day�.

The student body which had earlier demanded the State Government to revoke the official recognition granted to the June 18, 2001 agitation and declaration of the same as a State holiday went ahead with the indefinite blockade from last midnight.

In a statement, ANSAM said that the failure of the Government to heed the demand to revoke its decision to declare June 18 as a State holiday has forced it to launch the agitation.

Our Chandel correspondent reports that ANSAM has also decided to launch a non-coperation movement to decry the failure of the State Govt to protect the interest of the Naga people in particular and the tribals in general.

When contacted Senapati district SP Kh Chandramani Singh said that police stations along NH-39 being have been put on hjigh alert to thwart any untoward incident and disturbances to smooth traffic flow.

Informing that mobile patrolling by para-military force personnel have been intensified along the said route, the SP detailed that 53 goods laden trucks being escorted by State security force from Mao till Imphal today.

Mention may be made that besides the indefinite economic blockade the ANSAM had warned of launching non-cooperation movement to protest the State Government�s failure to �protect and safeguard interest of the Naga people and the tribal community in particular.