Meet denounces blockade of any form as illegal
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 31: A public meeting held at the ground of New Age Club, Singjamei Thongam Leikai today to discuss present situation arising out the ANSAM-sponsored indefinite economic blockade along the National Highways demanding revocation June 18 declaration, has denounced the imposition of blockade of any form along the lifelines of the people as inhumane.

After a serious deliberation of the present deadlock, the meeting arrived at four different resolutions unanimously.

The first resolution strongly condemned the action of the Naga Students� Federation (NSF) in targeting the vehicles passing through Nagaland for transporting essential commodities.

The second resolution categorically stated that the agitators should pay the compensation for the damages caused in consonance with the ruling of the Gauhati High Court that the ANSAM-sponsored indefinite economic blockade is illegal.

The third resolution demanded that the Government of India should provide adequate security arrangement along the National Highways passing through Manipur just like the security coverage given to the Amarnath Jatris in Jammu and Kashmir under the National Highway Act, 1956.The fourth and last resolution of the meeting urged the Government of India for developing the three National Highways, namely 39, 53 and 150 at par for better connectivity with rest of the world.

The meeting which was held along with a sit-in-protest demonstration was organised under the aegis of New Age Club.

Speaking at the occasion social worker Laitonjam Ranbir said that the ruling of the Gauhati High Court that imposition of indefinite economic blockade along the National Highways is illegal is not enough to dissuade the agitators to call off their stir.

Instead the people should join hands together for filing a suit for a similar ruling like the one passed by the Mumbai High Court for imposing fine on the bandh callers/ agitators.

He also expressing the desire on the part of the Government for announcing a special package for the drivers/transporters who are carrying on with the service of transporting essential goods along the National Highways against all odds.

Taking part in the discussion, AMUCO advisor Dr Dhanabir Laishram observed that the movement for Naga integration has come about because of the instigation made by �Father of the Nation� MK Gandhi to Naga leader Phizo back way in 1897.It is really unfortunate that the Naga brethren have failed to see the sinister designs of the Government of India and the NSCN (I-M) for inciting communal clashes among the people of the North Eastern States.

Meanwhile, Wakat Meephams continued to be held at different parts of the State giving a clarion call to all the public leaders for joining hands together in resolving the issues besetting the State.

At Khurai Lamlong Bazar, Lamlong Keithel Nupi Lup and Union of Social Welfare Upliftment, Khurai organised a Wakat Meepham while at Keishamthong Bazar it was held under the aegis of Nambul Mapal Meira Paibi Lup today.