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Posted on Nov 15, 06:54PM | UNI
The Kuki State Demand Committee (KSDC) has decided to impose a public blockade in the state from 1700 hrs on November 17 on a separate statehood issue, a statement said today.
The agitation programme which was scheduled to start today, was postponed owing to Ningol Chakkouba festival. All national highways and roads leading towards Imphal will be blocked.
The Committee said the agitation will continue until the Centre gives a written assurance that political dialogue between the Centre and the Kuki people, represented by the Kuki State Demand Committee and Kuki militant organisations presently under Suspension of Operation (SoO) agreement with Central government, begins on a pre-determined date.
The KSDC will also launch 'Quit Kuki Lands' movement if timely heed is not paid to the demands of the Kuki people, it was warned.
It alleged that about 350 Kuki villages had been forcibly evicted by NSCN-IM in the 1990s and the Kuki and other communities of Manipur are apprehensive about the ongoing talks between the government and NSCN(IM).
It is feared that to placate the NSCN(IM) the government may provide some benefits to the NSCN(IM) which is detrimental to the people and the state.
Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, Dy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, political parties and major civil organisations of the state have opposed any move to balkanise Manipur or disturb the present political structure as it may create tension in a state like Manipur settled by different communities.