Friday, June 11, 2010

Naga student body likely to relax highway blockade

The Naga Students' Federation on Thursday hinted at relaxing economic blockade imposed on all Manipur-bound vehicles after receiving a letter from the neighbouring state's chief secretary expressing "regret" over May 3 police action against its leaders.NSF leaders travelling to Oinam village in Manipur's Senapati district for the organisation's federal assembly were refused entry by the Manipur police at Mao Gate.The incident led to an indefinite economic blockade on National Highways 39 and 53.The NSF demanded an apology from Manipur chief minister and lifting of Section 144 CrPC and armed police from the Naga-inhabited areas of Manipur.It had on Wednesday written to Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh stating it would consider relaxing the blockade imposed on all Manipur-bound vehicles "within a short period", but demanded lifting of the prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC from the Naga-inhabited areas in that state.Earlier, organisations like the Joint Parliamentary Working Committee of Nagaland Assembly, Churches of Nagaland and Manipur and All Assam Students Union had appealed to the NSF to lift the blockade on the two highways on humanitarian ground.


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