Economic blockade in Manipur enters 86th day.

Economic blockadeImphal: The crippling economic blockade on 2 national highways in Manipur entered the 86th day on Tuesday with the organisers’ obstinate on not lifting it while prices of vital commodities continued to soar.

The Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC) had underway its indefinite economic blockades on the National Highway 39 (Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati) and National Highway 53 (Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar) on August one.

The SHDDC has demanded conversion of the Sadar Hills area in Senapati district into a full fledged district. Opposing this, the United Naga Council (UNC) began its economic blockades on 2 highways on August 21.

Both the SHDDC and the UNC have turned a deaf ear to plea by civil society organisations to stop the blockades and start a democratic form of agaitation.

A spokesman of the SHDDC said that the blockade would not be withdrawn till its demand was met by the state government.

On the other hand, the UNC said that it would not permit Sadar Hills to be made a district unless its contention was heard by the government.

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