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World Meetei Council calls for end to National Highway-2 blockade

WMC understands the sentiment of SAPO, but SAPO must consider the adversities faced by the public during blockade, WMC said.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 24 Mar 2022, 4:36 pm

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(Photo: IFP)

The Central Executive Committee, World Meetei Council (WMC) on Thursday expressed dismay over the decision of Southern Angami Public Organisation (SAPO) to extend the blockade on National Highway 2, which was scheduled to end on Thursday. WMC appealed for end to the blockade. 

A release stated that WMC is dismayed to learn of the decision of SAPO for extending the blockade on National Highway 2 in the Angami-dominated areas as the highway is a very important lifeline of Manipur. Although WMC understands the sentiment of SAPO, while demanding something from the government SAPO must consider the adversities faced by the public during such blockade, it added.

Stating that the three days of blockade had affected the public, it added that the extension of the blockade is extremely unjustified. “Blocking a National Highway, a national property as a means to protest at the cost of innocent people who have nothing to do with the issue is a serious violation of human rights,” it mentioned.

The release continued that appealing for the end of the blockade, WMC urged the state governments of Manipur and Nagaland to settle the issue at the earliest before it creates more problems.

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AAMYA appeals to withdraw indefinite bandh launched by SAPO

Appealing to the Southern Angami Public Organisation (SAPO) to withdraw the indefinite bandh in the interest of the people at the earliest, the All Assam Manipuri Youths' Association (AAMYA) on Thursday warned to launch counter bandhs or other counter measures along the Assam-Nagaland border or in any area covered by Manipuri organisations led by AAMYA.

The AAMYA was irked by the extension of the bandh called by the SAPO with effect from Wednesday midnight for withdrawal of the Manipur Police Armed personnel and permanent structures well within the within the present political boundary of Manipur, said AAMYA in a release.

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It stated that the indefinite bandh called by SAPO is quite "illogical" because the position of the Manipur Armed Personnel and the permanent structures are well within the political boundary of Manipur which is beyond the jurisdiction of SAPO

The permanant structures of the Manipur Armed Personnel are understood to have aimed at protecting the eco-system, safeguarding and assisting the villagers along the Manipur-Nagaland border, it said, adding, "every one should remember the forest fire that happened." 

It is in the interest of both the states. If at all, this arrangement affects public life, let the two government discuss on it officially and maturely, it added.

"It is high time to change our pressure tactics. There is always a peaceful and democratic way out of a problem howsoever grave it may be," the release mentioned.

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IMPHAL, Manipur

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