Government convenes ’emergency meeting’ over Manipur

New Delhi, June 16 (IANS) The chief secretaries of Nagaland and Manipur will meet Home Secretary G.K. Pillai Wednesday as some Nagas continued their economic blockade of Manipur even after a section of Naga students told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that they were calling it off.

Terming the blockade ‘a matter of serious concern’, the central government called the chief secretaries of the two states for an ’emergency meeting’ here.

Pillai will discuss with the bureaucrats steps to be taken to open the National Highway 39, the economic lifeline of Manipur that has been blocked since April 11.

The apex tribal students’ group of Nagaland Tuesday announced that it would suspend a more than two-month blockade of roads leading to Manipur.

A ‘temporary’ withdrawal of the blockade was announced by the Naga Students Federation (NSF) after its leaders met Manmohan Singh here Monday.

But there’s very little relief for the people as the movement of trucks carrying food and other essentials on the highway leading into Manipur is yet to start.

Some splinter Naga groups have said they will continue with the blockade to protest against Manipur’s decision preventing Naga leader Thuingaleng Muivah from visiting his birthplace in Manipur.

The blockade has led to severe shortages of food, medicines and virtually everything in Manipur.

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