Many bodies appeal for blockade lift, calm
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 14: Highlighting public inconveniences caused by the ongoing economic blockade under the sponsorship of ANSAM several organisations appealing to the State Government to settle the impasse without further delay stressed on preserving the age-old ties amongst various communities.

Calling upon the people to exercise maximum restraint inspite of enduring the most taxing period in recent times the United Committee Manipur (UCM) cautioned that sentimental outburst in any form would serve no purpose to plight of the general public but would only tantamount of falling into game-plan of adversary forces.

Only standing unitedly could neutralise the sinister design of divide and rule policy advocated by the Government of India, said UCM while deploring one-sided approach of Nagaland based NGOs in the internal affair of Manipur rather than endeavour in solving the impasse as a responsible neighbourhood State.

Contending that the current problem need to be sorted out between the Naga student body and the Govt of Manipur, UCM observed that Naga NGOs jumping into the dispute may create a new dimension in the entire multi-ethnic North East region.

Highlighting that there should be no qualm from any circle in Manipur Government recognising significance of June 18 and honouring the sacrifice of 18 persons to protect the territorial integrity of State UCM questioned why had these NGOs fail to react when the UPA Government announced its CMP in which it had been clearly mentioned that there will be no alteration of boundaries in the NE region.

Charging Outer Manipur MP Mani Charenamei of trudging on communal path rather than put his weight behind the State Government to resolve the impasse as a responsible representative of Manipur, UCM also expressed awe at inaction from both the Congress-led Central and State Governments at detrimental role enacted by one of the most senior politician Rishang Keishing who also had the distinction of being the longest serving Chief Minister of Manipur.

Expressing concern at stock position of essential commodities running low due to prolong imposition of economic blockade along the national highways the Eagles Club, Churachandpur fervently appealed to both the Government and blockade sponsors ANSAM to settle the issue without further delay.

It also appealed to organisations concerned against aggravating the already tense situation by resorting to counter-blockade as mature approach to the sensitive issue is the need of the hour.

Observing that imposing economic blockade on the highways in defiance of June 18 being declared as State Integrity Day would only provide fodder to embolden NSCN (IM) intensify its Manipur disintegration agenda the Yumnam Leikai Maning Women's Welfare Association urge the ANSAM to call off its agitation in the interest of the general public.

Terming the ongoing economic blockade as 'acid test' for the people of Manipur in showcasing their commitment for protection of the State's territorial integrity the International Peace and Social Advancement (IPSA) decried lenient approach of the SPF Government in not taking punitive action against the MPs and MLAs who submitted memorandum to the Government of India which is detrimental to interest of the general public.

Highlighting frequent disruption of national highways the organisation suggested that State Govt expedite development of NH-53, formation and deployment of Highway Protection Force without further delay and adequate measures to provide air cargo service in the State to ensure regular supply of essential commodities.

Emphasising on abeyance from launching counter-agitation the body also stressed on indispensability of proper development of the Imphal-Moreh route as second lifeline of the State in view of multiple uncertainties which had become the hallmark of NH-39.Meanwhile, deploring Nagaland based organisation's assertion to join the economic blockade agitation the ACOAM-Lup, Sagolband Tera observed that such misperception would only boost divide and rule policy pursued by the Centre.

The Lup also condemned silence maintained by the O Ibobi-led Government for inaction against the MPs and MLAs who had undermined the State Assembly resolution by endorsing the NSCN (IM) agenda of disintegrating Manipur.