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Manipur students suspend blockade

Thursday 11 August 2005

IMPHAL: The All Naga Students’ Association of Manipur (ANSAM) decided on Wednesday to suspend its economic blockade of the two national highways in Manipur from Thursday.

The ANSAM decided to call off the stir after its leaders called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday morning following a huge protest rally against the blockade taken out by students in Manipur.

Manmohan assurance

Dr. Singh has reportedly assured ANSAM that he would discuss its demands with Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh.

A senior Manipur Cabinet Minister said, "ANSAM is under tremendous pressure to call off the blockade which started on June 19" after a Manipur Government decision declared June 18 a holiday every year to observe "State integrity day."

The ANSAM said the Government decision was against their plan for unification of the Nagas.

The State went through an unprecedented crisis following the blockade.

Life saving drugs and essential items could not be brought in and the Centre was forced to airdrop essential food supplies.

Farmers launch agitation

Farmers in the State have launched an agitation demanding supplies of urea.

State Agriculture Minister Ph Parijat had launched a massive plan to bring in consignments of the fertilizer under security.

He said it would be distributed at police stations. - UNI

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