Economic blockade called off after 92 days in Manipur.

SHDDCImphal: The economic blockade in Manipur was called off after 92 days on Tuesday following a written pledge by the state government to form a new hill district, striking leaders said.

The agreement between the Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC) and the state government was signed around midnight in capital Imphal with leaders of the Committee and senior officials present at the meeting.

The SHDCC had launched the economic blockade Aug 1 on two national highways, Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati (NH 39) and Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar (NH53) – to press their demand for change of Kuki tribal majority Sadar Hills area into full fledged district.

A SHDCC leader said that “We have decided to withdraw the blockade following assurance from the government to create a new district.”

There is still no word from the UNC on its reply to the agreement though some leaders said the blockade would continue.

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