70 days of Manipur Blockade

The Manipur Blockade ( blocking oh NH 39 and NH 53, lifeline of Manipur) by SHDCC (Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee) has completed 70 days yesterday which started on 31st July 2011, which is the longest blockade in the history of Manipur.

SHDCC is demanding creation of Sadar Hills district while UNC (United Naga Council) is opposing the demand. UNC has also called for counter blockade of NH 150 since August 21.

In 2005, the All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur, had staged an economic blockade against the decision of the State to declare June 18 as ‘Integrity Day’. The economic blockade, which started from June 19 to August 11 that year, had lasted for 52 days.

Again, last year, another economic blockade was called by the Naga bodies against the government’s decision to prevent the entry of NSCN(IM) general secretary Th Muivah into Manipur. The blockade broke the previous record by 16 days. It lasted for 68 days from April 11 to June 18.

The estimated loss of the blockade and counter blockade is almost Rs. 250 crore, according to Manipur’s Economics and Statistics Department. So far, no parties have come for negotiations to end the blockade though it has created immense hardships to the people.

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