CCS Apprised of Manipur Situation

New Delhi
CCS Apprised of Manipur Situation
With Manipur on boil, the Home Ministry is said to have apprised the Cabinet Committee on Security today on the situation arising out of the Naga students' economic blockade to protest the Centre's refusal to NSCN-IM leader T Muivah's attempt to visit Nagaland.

Government sources said the matter came up for discussion in the CCS meeting presided by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, when Home Minister P Chidambaram is said to have given the picture emerging out of the prevailing situation in Manipur.

Only last week, Union Home Secretary G K Pillai had gone over to Manipur for two days to hold discussions with the state government on the issues concerning Muivah's visit.

During his meeting, the counter blockade by some valley-based organisations to prevent transport of essential items to hill districts against All Naga Students' Association Manipur (ANSAM)-sponsored economic blockade on the national highway too was discussed.

The state government had approached the Centre to provide security on the Imphal-Silchar National Highway 53 so that trucks loaded with essential items could ply without disruption since the ANSAM was blockading the Imphal-Dimapur National Highway 39.

Manipur government has opposed Muivah's visit saying it would disturb communal amity since the NSCN-IM had demanded a 'Greater Nagaland' comprising Naga-inhabited areas of Manipur and neighbouring states. The demand has been opposed by the Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh governments.

The CCS was informed that stocks of petrol and essential commodities were running low in valley areas of Manipur with the three-week-long blockade by Naga students.

ANSAM had launched the blockade to protest the state government's proposal to hold elections to autonomous district councils (ADC) in the hill areas on May 26 on the grounds that not enough funds were given to them.
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