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Manipur blockade continues, agitators demand district status for Sadar Hills

October 15, 2011 - General News

The Sadar Hill District Demand Committee has decided to continue its two-month-old economic blockade of Manipur even after government's assurance.

The protestors have completely blocked the Highways 39 and 53 and have burnt down several trucks creating a shortage of various commodities in the region.

As a result prices of essential items have gone up affecting the monthly budgets of families.

The Home Ministry has formed a District Reorganization committee to look into the demands of the agitators who are demanding for a full-fledged district status for Sadar Hills.

General public also wants the impasse to end soon but the agitators are giving no heed to their sentiments.

The Home Ministry has asked the protestors to end the blockade. But the agitators have shown no signs of relenting to the ministry's requests and have threatened to intensify their agitation if their demands are not met.

"Our commitment is that until and unless we get District hood we'll continue blockade so if they do not announce within this time we'll carry on with next time also," said Saikhothang Haokip, spokesperson, SHDDC

Due to the blockade several hundred trucks are either stranded or are moving under heavy security cover.

For the time being, goods are being flown in from Dimapur, Jiribam and Guwahati to Imphal.

"The CRPF is working in complete coordination with the state police of Manipur and putting all efforts to bring the convoys of trucks carrying essential commodities like food and fuel safely to the state to prevent any shortage like situation," said K. Vijay Kumar, Director General, CRPF.

The blockade has affected all spheres of life in Manipur, particularly, the studies in school and colleges, monthly budgets of families, growth of trade and commerce and sporting activities.


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