Manipur: United Naga Council agrees to end economic blockade

Manipur: United Naga Council agrees to end economic blockade

Here's all you need to know about the Manipur blockade.

Talking to NNN after the meeting, UNC General Secretary S Milan said the economic blockade will be lifted from midnight of March 19 following the agreement between the participating parties in the talk. "We had a fruitful negotiation", Joint Secretary, NE, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Satyendar Garg told media after the meeting at Senapati.

Now that the agreement is reached, UNC President Gaidon Kamei and Publicity Secretary S. Stephen, now in judicial custody, are likely to be released soon. Two other directives call for the deployment of paramilitary forces to ensure the free movement of the trucks.

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The Nagas alleged two of the new districts - Kangpokpi and Jiribam - will snatch their ancestral lands away from them. A day later, as per a party press note, the new government initiated the process to lift the blockade in a special meeting with cabinet ministers.

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The development assumes significance as the BJP-led Government in Manipur broke the impasse with the UNC just days after it assumed charge. For past 15 years, it was Congress which was in the power under the leadership of Okram Ibobi Singh.

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January 1, 2017: Internet and messaging service were partly restored. The BJP claims to have the support of 33 legislators with the support of the NPP, NPF, LJP, an independent legislator, the lone Trinamool Congress MLA and a defector from the Congress Shyam Kumar - who took oath as a minister in the N Biren Singh government.

The indefinite blockade had led to acute shortage of all essential commodities, including fuel, in the State.

The first two rounds of the talks were held on February 4 and February 7 but no headway was made as the UNC had refused to the formation of seven new districts.

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It was also agreed that "the Government of Manipur will unconditionally release the arrested UNC leaders and all the cases related to economic blockade against the Naga tribes leaders and students' leaders will be closed and the next tripartite talks will be held within a month time at the political level".

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