UCM dangles stir threat
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 06: Besides accusing the ANSAM and NSF of making money on the sly from the economic blockade, the United Committee Manipur has warned that it would launch intense agitation if the blockade impasse lingers.

Speaking to reporters at the Kekrupat office this evening, UCM secretary organisation Yumnamcha Dilipkumar demanded that State Government take and declare its definite stand on the ANSAM agitation within August 13 failing which the body would start democratic movement from the very next day.

Compiling records of damages to public properties during the course of the ANSAM agitation including torching of goods carriers and dislocation of Irang Bridge, the secretary said their is no way ANSAM should not be declared as an unlawful organisation.

Referring to the recent High Court ruling against the blockade, he further questioned what is holding back the Central and State Governments from dealing with the situation appropriately.

Declaring that the blockade is partisan, Dilipkumar accused the NSF and DESAM activists of levying large sums of money per vehicle for permission to pass through blockade strongholds.

These permitted vehicles shift the loads at Kalapahar Ground and the fresh trucks after coughing up Rs 1000 each proceeds towards IT Road and kangpokpi, charged the UCM secretary.

Dilipkumar further said that a good number of organisations and individuals have urged them not to treat the issue with kid gloves but to act tough.

UCM also appreciates the Central Government for finally realising the gravity of the situation and deciding to airlift essential commodities, said the secretary.

He, nevertheless, hastened to question how long the Govt of India will carry on with the task of air lifting goods if the blockade impasse remains unsolved.

Expressing strong resentment at the failure of the State Govt to end the blockade which has completed over 45 days Dilipkumar contended that ANSAM and NSCN (IM) are liable to replenish dent to the State exchequer in sustaining food supply.

He also suggested seeking compensation from the Central Government as the other alternative source to make up for losses incurred by the State Government in procuring food items with additional deployment of security force personnel.