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Rijiju heads to Manipur, Mary Kom urges PM's intervention

23 Dec 2016 | Written by NewsBytes Desk; Edited by Vijaya
Manipur burns over creation of new districts

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju arrived in Manipur to assess the situation in light of the economic blockade in the state; Home Minister Rajnath Singh lambasted the state governments of Manipir and Nagaland for failing to resolve the blockade imposed by the United Naga Council.

Meanwhile, Mary Kom urged PM Modi to intervene to resolve the crisis in the state.

In context: Manipur burns over creation of new districts

01 Nov 2016United Naga Council's economic blockade

The United Naga Council (UNC) imposed an indefinite economic blockade in Manipur since 1 Nov, to protest the state government's move to create new districts - Sadar Hills and Jiribam.

They claim that it would bifurcate the ancestral lands of Nagas in Manipur.

The blockade on two key highways, NH2 (Imphal-Dimapur) and NH37 (Imphal-Jiribam), has cut of essential supplies to the state.

09 Dec 2016Manipur government's announces creation of 7 new districts

While Manipur had 9 districts in total (5 hill districts, 4 valley districts), the state government through a gazette notification announced creation of 7 new districts.

The newly created districts are - Kangpokpi, Tengnoupal, Pherzawl, Noney, Kamjong, Jiribam, and Kakching.

According to Manipur's Congress Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh the division was done for, administrative convenience and as response to demands of locals.

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Major point of objection by Nagas

A major complaint of Nagas is that the government had not consulted Hill Area Committees before taking the decision. These committees protect the rights of hill people and as per Article 371(c) of the constitution, they must be consulted on matters concerning tribal people.
Violence ever since the economic blockade

17 Dec 2016Violence ever since the economic blockade

Ever since the UNC's economic blockade wide spread violence has erupted in Manipur.

Suspected militants carried out several attacks, leaving 3 policemen dead and 14 others injured in the past few days.

The latest of these attacks came on 16 Dec, when 3 bomb explosions took place at Nagaram in Imphal West district.

Curfew has been in place in affected regions.

Politics at play?

Manipur goes to polls in 2017 and Ibobi Singh who has been the CM since 2002 hopes to retain power again. The creation of new districts is thought to be a move to woo the Meiteis, the majority of population in Manipur.

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04 Jan 2017Unrest in Manipur may create obstacles for polls

The ongoing blockade by Naga rebels in Manipur and the complex circumstances arising out of the situation have been cited by the Home Ministry as a prime concern, as the Election Commission prepares to announce polls.

Senior Home Ministry officials met the EC along with CRPF and said that the law and order situation in Manipur would cause hurdles for free and fair polls.

10 Jan 2017India-Myanmar border trade hit due to Manipur blockade

The economic blockade in Manipur is being an obstacle for the bilateral trade of India with neighbouring Myanmar.

President of Myanmar's Border Trade Chamber of Commerce Hla Maung said, "Hardly 25% of the bilateral trade is being carried out at present."

A 50-member-delegation each from Myanmar and India had business-to-business interactions in the two-day India Myanmar Reverse Buyer Seller Meet which ended on Sunday.

03 Feb 2017Centre to hold talks with UNC, Manipur government

A tripartite dialogue with the United Naga Council and representatives from the Manipur government will be held by the Centre to explore ways to end the almost-three-month-economic blockade on National Highway-2.

The meeting will be chaired by joint secretary (north-east) in the home ministry Sayendra Garg.

It seeks to hear out UNCs' grievances against the Manipur government and their resolution by the state government.

20 Mar 2017139 days old Manipur blockade ends

The United Naga Council's blockade of Manipur's highways has been lifted after 139 days.

The decision to lift the blockade was taken at a meeting between the UNC, the state government and the Centre at the district headquarters of Senapati.

The meeting was held at the behest of the state government.

The next meeting is scheduled to take place in a month.