Naga body refuses to meet Manipur Team

A joint team of the Central and Manipur Government officials which visited Senapati district headquarters Ukhrul to hold talks with the blockade organiser United Naga Council (UNC) Manipur, have expressed regret over the latter’s failure to respond.

State Chief Secretary DS Poonia in a release here said, “the State and Central team expressed regret that the opportunity for a free dialogue was not made use of by the UNC”.

He added that the joint team unanimously resolved to once again issue a joint appeal to the UNC to call off the economic blockade in the larger interest of all communities in the State.

It further reiterated, “the State and Central Governments are always open to a dialogue and the UNC is welcome to meet the State Government representatives”.

On Saturday, a Manipur Ministerial team comprising Information Minister TN Haokip, Sports Minister N Biren and Tribal Development Minister DD Thaisii along with Central and State officials arrived in Ukhrul to discuss the blockade issue but the UNC leaders refused to meet them.

The Ministerial team along with Ministry of Home Affairs Joint Secretary Naveen Verma and State Chief Secretary DS Poonia returned to Imphal after making an appeal to end the blockade besides inviting the UNC for talks.

However, the UNC has stuck to its demand for a judicial inquiry into the May 6 incident at Mao Gate that killed two youths and injuring scores of people, declaration of ADC polls null and void and lifting of 144 CrPC from Naga- inhabited areas.

UNC which resumed the blockade on Manipur for 20 days on August 4 in protest against the Centre’s alleged inaction on their ultimatum to the Prime Minister on July 27, had once again stated that since the Nagas have severed political ties with the Manipur Government, the intervention of the Government of India for an alternative arrangement is sought by the Nagas of Manipur.

Source : Assam Tribune

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