AMSU's SOS to NE student organisations
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 18: Even as fervent appeals from various section of the society continue to pour in to lift the economic blockade imposed by ANSAM, the All manipur Students� Union (AMSU) has apprised several student organisations of the North East region to dissuade the Naga Students� Federation (NSF) from joining the agitation.

An AMSU representation addressed to the North East Students� Organisation, Mizo Zirlai Pawl, All Assam Students� Union, All Arunachal Pradesh Students� union, Tripura Students� Union and Khasi Students� union expressed strong resentment at NSF deciding to enforce blockade in Nagaland State which is detrimental to spirit of cordial inter-State relationships.

Contending that the Ansam stir is a fallout of differences in opinion between the student body and State Government, AMSU urge the NE student organisations to prevail upon NSF not to complicate the current issue.

NSF cannot ignore hardships faced by people of Manipur due to shortages of oxygen and life saving drugs that had led to grinding halt of even emergency operations, expressed AM-SU while desiring that student organisations in the region need to extend cooperation and take initiatives in solving any problem rather than compound the issue at hand.

Highlighting that Central Government had been trying to drive wedge amongst communities through its divide and rule policy, AMSU observed that NSF abandoning the principle of cooperation and upholding the interest of a particular community would be detrimental to aspiration for peace and prosperity in the region.

Referring to the NSF declaration of joining the ongoing agitation AMSU charged that the Naga student body�s stand had little to do with the declaration of June 18 at State integrity Day but heavily reflects the pursuit for integration of Naga inhabited areas which also pose direct threat to boundaries of not only Manipur but include Assam and Tripura.

It also questioned why Nagaland State should feel irritated when people of Manipur honours those who sacrificed their lives to protect its territorial integrity during the June 2001 uprising.

Appeals to call off the indefinite economic blockade also continues to flood in with various organisation highlighting inconveniences of the general public due to shortages of essential commodities throughout the State.

The bodies terming the current ANSAM agitation as anti-people and trampling of democratic rights of the general masses by suffocating the food supply fervently appealed to the student body and State authorities to chalk out means for an early end to the impasse.

Union of Social Advancement Club�s Organisation (Imphal-Saikul Road) observing that making the people suffer to press for a particular demand is beyond principles of democracy prevailed upon the agitating student organisation to review its conduct and adopt alternative means to achieve its goal.