Naga Students' Federation to reconsider Manipur economic blockade

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New Delhi, June 14 (ANI): The Naga Students' Federation (NSF) of Nagaland will reconsider the economic blockade it has enforced on Manipur, a member of the delegation that called on the Prime Minister in New Delhi said here today.

The blockade on the national highway followed Manipur's decision to ban Naga separatist leader Thuingaleng Muivah to visit his ancestral village of Somda, which falls in Manipur. The blocade has been effective for over two months.

Manipur government feared that Muivah's visit could stoke the demand for inclusion of Naga-dominated areas of Manipur in the proposed Nagalingam or Greater Nagaland.

"Prime Minister has heard us patiently. We have also explained to him in detail that it is not the Nagas who have started the issue in the first place and it is the government of Manipur and .. who started the issue and therefore the issue needs to be resolved by themselves not by the Nagas. But however the Prime Minister was very compassionate to listen to us for almost 45 minutes. He was requesting us again and again to consider our decision of continuing the blockade. We have also assured him of that we will see whatever we can and we will console our friends who are at home," said Achumbemo Kikon, advisor, Naga student federation told reporters outside PM's residence.

The blockade has severely hit the supply of essential commodities to Manipur.

Earlier in the day, Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai said the Centre has decided to send security forces to lift the economic blockade by Naga groups in Manipur.

"The blockade would be removed all along NH-39 from Assam to Manipur," Pillai told reporters here.

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, whom the delegation met last month, had also requested the leaders to lift the blockade. (ANI)

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