Sunday, May 16, 2010


With all supply lines of essential goods and lifesaving drugs cut off for over 38 days, Manipur literally becomes a state under siege. Most vehicles have stay off the road due to unavailability of petrol and diesel, hospitals, both govt. as well as private are shutting down due to lack of oxygen and other lifesaving drugs. Clearly the impact of the 38-days old economic blockade on the two national highways into Manipur is huge with people getting desperate. Despite the hardships of the 38-days old economic blockade, people of Manipur, both in the hills as well as in the valley are in protest and counter protest mode. One group is protesting against the state government decision to ban NSNC-IM General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah’s visit into Manipur while a larger chunk of population is hailing the government’s decision and are protesting against the center’s arrogance of giving permission to Muivah to visit the State without consulting the state government. While the protest both in the hills and plains go on, huge hardship is being faced by the people of Manipur with chronic shortage of essential good, lifesaving drugs and so on. Appealing to Manipur government to make available petrol and diesel to school buses and school vans, the All Manipur Students’ Guardian Organization said the students are not going to their schools due to the unavailability of fuel. The Parent’s organization also expressed its sorrow over the May 6 Mao incident where two students were killed and observed one-minute silence to mourn the deaths. The parents also appealed to the ANSAM and other civil societies to call off the economic blockade that still lay the state under siege.


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