Manipur blockade: Crucial tripartite talks to resolve issue

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Manipur economic blockade.

File photo of Manipur economic blockade. PTI

In the poll bound state of Manipur, a team of Union Home Ministry officials will hold talks with the Manipur government and a Naga group to bring an end to the over three-month-long economic
blockade.

National Highway number 2 (NH 2) in Manipur has been blocked since November 1 by United Naga Council (UNC) cadres, who are protesting against the creation of seven new districts in the state. The blockade has completely disrupted normal life in the state.s likely to be attended by UNC president Gaidon Kamei and the Council’s information secretary Sangkhel Stephen. Both these leaders have been in Imphal central jail since January after Manipur police arrested them on November 25 last year for leading the indefinite blockade.

Sources said the second round of tripartite talks to be held between the officials of the Ministry, Manipur government and representatives UNC will be held in Imphal and will look for a “definite solution” to ease the blockade.

The Home Ministry had made “substantial progress” during the talks held by it here on Friday and officials hope that the economic crises will end soon, sources revealed.

They said that an agreement has been reached between the agitating Naga group and the state government which is likely to be signed shortly.

Sources said Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry, who will represent the Centre in the talks, has reached Imphal along with other officials concerned.

Normal life in the state has been badly affected and prices of essential commodities have shot up manifold in the last ferw

Polling for the 60-member Manipur Assembly is scheduled to be held in two phases next month — March 4 and 8.

(With inputs from PTI)