Blockade to continue until demands met, says Milan
By B Rakesh Sharma
IMPHAL | Jan 11
United Naga Council (UNC) has reiterated that it is not against any community but against the ‘communal’ government of Manipur.
Talking to Imphal Free Press today, UNC general secretary Milan Shimray maintained that the ongoing economic blockade which has continued for more than two months was imposed to protect and defend the ancestral homeland of the Nagas and it will never be lifted until the council gets its demands.
“The Naga people of the state can no longer live under the suppressive, oppressive and hegemonic political system of the communal government of Manipur, so the government of India should expedite Indo-Naga frame work agreement at the earliest based on the united Naga history and situation” Milan said.
UNC is strongly against the creation of new districts by bifurcating Naga inhabited areas without consulting the Nagas in violation of the four MoU which were signed in 1981, 1992, 1996, 1998 with the Government of India which stated that, “if a new district is to be created then all sections of the people must be consulted, including Naga bodies”, he added.
A consultative meeting of Naga bodies was held on December 12 last year during which they rejected the creation of seven new districts by the state government, Milan said, adding the Naga bodies demanded that the government withdraw its decision and President Rule be imposed in the state while also demanding the release of the two arrested UNC leaders without any condition.
A tripartite talk was scheduled on Nov 15 last year in New Delhi between Union government, state government and UNC but the state government did not send any representative, so Chief Minister Okram Ibobi who is the main decision maker of the state should be responsible for any unwanted incidents in the future, he asserted.
On the detention of All Naga Student Association Manipur (ANSAM) president Seth Shatsang by 34 Assam Rifles on Jan 9 for some hours, he said the ongoing economic blockade will never be called off until their demands are fulfilled but if the government remains adamant they will launch more severe agitations.