Imphal: The on-going economic blockade on the National Highways 39, 53 and 150 over the demand of a separate district entered 54th day and evoked reactions from different fronts including the lately formed coordination committee of 7 major armed groups in Manipur.
The BJP State unit has launched a signature campaign against the on-going blockades and government’s breakdown to resolve it. Manipur People’s Party staged a sit-in demonstration here on Thursday demanding steps to settle the issue.
The on-going blockade and price rise had hit our lives, said Amrabati T of the Conflict Widows Forum (COWF) Manipur. Most of the widows are the bread-earners of their families. The prices of all essential items have gone up with potato and onion being sold at Rs 40 and Rs 70 per kg.
In the meantime, the Transporter and Drivers’ Council has demanded compensation for the damaged trucks. TDC’s Ibohal Singh said that 29 goods carrier trucks have been torched by alleged blockade supporters besides killing one driver and injuring many.
Several civil society organisations including All Manipur United Clubs Organisation, United Committee Manipur and Kuki Movement For Human Rights have demanded the concerned authorities to lift the economic blockades in public interest.
Sadar Hills District Demand Committee has imposed the indefinite economic blockade on National Highways 39 and 53 demanding a separate district while UNC imposed a counter-blockade to register its opposition against “bifurcation” of Naga areas.