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Indefinite economic blockade of Manipur to be lifted from midnight today Economic blockade likely to end today
Saul Franklin | 20 March, 2017, 00:50

130 days blockade was imposed by the United Naga Council (UNC) on November 1 previous year when the then state government had announced of creating seven new districts.

UNC decided it during a tripartite meeting with Union Home Ministry and Manipur state government, held at Senapati district headquarter on Sunday.

The meeting also decided that the Manipur government will unconditionally release the arrested UNC leaders and all the cases related to economic blockade against the Naga tribes leaders and students leaders will be closed. "The economic blockade shall continue", a leader of UNC said. A week after the UNC announced the blockade, cutting off the entry of essential goods to the Imphal valley, on November 8, Ibobi announced the formation of five more new districts.

The economic blockade has been lifted on a day when BJP legislator V Hangkhalian is sworn in as Pro-Tem Speaker of the 60-member Manipur Assembly along with other state legislators.

Talking to NNN after the meeting, UNC General Secretary S Milan said the economic blockade will be lifted from midnight of March 19 following the agreement between the participating parties in the talk.

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December 8, 2016: The State Cabinet finalises the creation of seven new districts, with the nomenclature of Sadar Hills changed to Kangpokpi. The blockade was imposed on November 1, causing widespread shortages in Manipur. While Trivendra Singh Rawat took charge as Uttarakhand Chief Minister, former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikart also won a vote of trust in Goa and now in what could be the final frontier, the party is set to go through a floor test in Manipur on Wednesday morning.

Addressing a press meet at Classic Hotel here, the Chief Minister further assured to take steps for burial of those killed during violent protests in 2015.

Taking over the reins of the state on March 15, BJP chief minister N. Biren Singh promised to lift the blockade within 72 hours.

February 7, 2017: Tripartite talks to end the over three-month-long economic blockade of a crucial highway in Manipur failed to make any headway.

"Talks shall continue at the political level", Milan said quoting from the agreement.

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