Zeliangrong bodies ask SF to behave on NH-53
Source: The Sangai Express

Dimapur, August 06 (NNN): The Zeliangrong Union (ZU) and All Zeliangrong Students' Union (AZSU) of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland have warned of dire consequences if the security forces deployed along National Highway-53 in Tamenglong district continue to harass the general public.

The ZU informed Newmai News Network that it welcomes the deployment of security forces along NH-53 but expressed displeasure over the manner in which the security personnel inconvenience the general public in the area.

The AZSU alleged that villagers living in Tamenglong district particularly those living along NH-53 have been used as forced labourers by the security forces in clearing jungles and other hard works without paying any wages.

AZSU leader Ningthaodai charged that earlier passenger buses coming from Imphal used to reach Tamenglong latest by 2 pm but these days the vehicles reach the district headquarters after dusk causing immense hardships to the people.

The ZU alleged that 13 security check posts have been put up between Imphal and Tamenglong adding that there was no need for that number of check posts and termed it as an �unnecessary exercise�.

The ZU asked �Is the Government trying to sensitize the Nagas of Tamenglong district since the demand of the Nagas is on the offing?�.

Side by side, the AZSU leader Ningthaodai stated that they were fighting the Government of Manipur and not the Central Government so �why deploy Central forces to counter the economic blockade�.

Hurling a volley of allegations, the ZU charged that during the Kuki-Naga ethnic clashes in the early 90's no security force was deployed for the safety of the general public along NH-53. But today to counter the economic blockade imposed by the Naga students maximum security forces have been deployed as if there have been revolutions/wars along the two national highways�.

The ZU said that deployment of security forces would not solve the problems but rather it would create counter forces as �for every action there is equal and opposite reaction�.

The ZU urged various social organisations based in the Manipur valley to study minutely with regard to the intention of the Manipur Government saying that it doubt whether the State Government is genuinely interested in solving the present imbroglio.