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Ensure withdrawal of Manipur Blockade: Bishnuprira Manipuris

Guwahati May 29: The Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM) the apex body of the Bishnupriya Manipuris of India and abroad, urged the centre to intervene and ensure withdrawal of the economic blockade to Manipur where life has become miserable due to acute shortage of food, medicines, petrol and other commodities.

Talking to The Sentinel over telephone from Silchar, NBMM secretary General Uday Sinha said: “The Centre needs to act to rescue the people of Manipur from the acute shortage of essential commodities. Depriving the people of a state of essential commodities by imposing such a blockade goes against social harmony, and the Centre shouldn’t allowed such an injustice to happen”. Manipur continues to reel under an acute food crisis following the indefinite econonomic blockade enforce by various Naga groups to protest the Manipur Government’s decision not to allow NSCN-IM leader Muivah to visit his birth place. Hundreds of Trucks carrying essential and medicines were stranded in the adjoining State of Nagaland with protestors laying siege on National Highway 39 the main lifeline to Manipur. Several hospitals have stopped routine Surgeries due to a dearth of Oxygen cylinders.

Source: The Sentinel, Sunday 30th May 2010.

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