Bodies appeal to call off blockade
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 10: In view of the hardships being faced by the people, various social organisations have called upon All Naga Students' Association, Manipur (ANSAM) to call off the imposition of indefinite economic blockade along the National Highways immediately.

In separate statements, these organisations also urged the State Government to bring about an amicable solution with the agitating students' body to end the deadlock.

All Clubs, Organisations, Association and Meira Paibi-Lup (Acoam-Lup), Manipur contended that since the impact of the indefinite blockade is being felt by the common people and not by the Government, it should be called off immediately in the interest of the people.

Manipurgi Ngamkhei Kanba Lup (MANKAL) said that it is opposed to calling bandh or blockade along the National Highways by any organisation, association or Lup in pursuance of their demand thereby putting the lives of the common people at stake.

While appealing to ANSAM to call off its agitation, MANKAL categorically stated that the State Govt should be held responsible for any eventuality if the ongoing blockade continues to remain in force.

National Identity Protection Committee (NIPCO), All Manipur College Teachers' Association (AMCTA), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Manipur State Committee; Jiri Ima Meira paibi Apunba Lup (JIMPAL) ; Manipur Forward Youth Front (MAFYF) have also demanded calling off the indefinite economic blockade.

Meanwhile, in a joint statement, Agent for Social Change (ASOC), Human Rights Alert (HRA) and United Voluntary Youth Council have fervently appealed to the student and civil society groups concerned to withdraw all form of blockades and counter blockade in the interest of the suffering general public.

While appreciating the prompt action taken by the Government of Manipur against the erring IRB personnel and the restrain shown by the general people both in the hills and the valley against all kinds of provocation, the joint statement has also urged the Government for holding dialogues with the agitation student bodies and come out with an appropriate solution to the issued raised.

Observing that causing inconvenience to the general public in the course of pursuing an agenda cannot be construed as democratic movement the United people�s Front Manipur appealed to the ANSAM to reconsider its indefinite economic blockade.

The UPF while stating that the ongoing economic blockade has enough potential to strain cordiality prevalent in the Manipuri society asked the ANSAM to adopt more democratic form of agitation that could win support and goodwill of every section of the society.