Ex-student leaders head for Delhi
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 03: A team of former student leaders from Manipur and Assam, who have been studying the present situation arising out of the ANSAM-sponsored indefinite economic blockade, has gone to New Delhi to present its findings to the Central leaders and insist upon them to restore peace and communal harmony in the region.

�Three delegates out of the 12-member team have reached the National capital while the rest are on the way�, a former student leader of All Manipur Students� Union (AMSU) informed while talking to The Sangai Express today.

During the survey which began from July 25, the team discussed every aspects of the present chaotic situation prevailing in the North Eastern region, particularly in Manipur in the backdrop of the ongoing peace talks between the Centre and the NSCN (I-M).

The survey team comprising of student leaders from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Manipur also formed a body christened North Easter people�s Organisation (NEPO) to put forward their voice to the Centre effectively.

�After our study, we have now come to the conclusion that the so called peace talk has literally triggered communal disharmony among the people of the region with strong apprehension that the existing boundaries of the North Eastern States might be altered as an outcome of the talks�, the ex-student leader said.

The team will meet Central leaders including the Prime Minister, Home Minister and AICC chief Sonia Gandhi to prevail upon them to take up all necessary measures to maintain peace and harmony in the region, the ex-student leader said.

Since NH-39, the main lifeline of the State has always been subjected to disruption very frequently, the team will also urge the Central leaders to shift the State related markets and stores like FCI godown from Dimapur to either Silchar or Jiribam, the ex-student leader said.

The team will also insist upon the Centre to invoke its Constitutional duties to protect the life and liberty of its citizens and deploy adequate security forces along the two NHs passing through Manipur.