Manipur blockade: After 52 days, Centre steps in, says Ibobi govt must act

Two rooms of mini Secretariat were also set ablaze by by unidentified persons in the week hours today in Ukhrul district.

Manipur blockade: After 52 days, Centre steps in, says Ibobi govt must act

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, who visited the Manipur as a Central emissary on Friday, said it is completely unacceptable to have such kinds of blockades in which thousands are suffering and both central and Manipur governments will work together to end it.

"The state government has not been able to end the blockade. It must end as soon as possible as law and order is the responsibility of the state government. Nobody will be allowed to take political advantage out of a humanitarian crisis where common people are suffering," he told a press conference.

Meanwhile, unidentified miscreants torched three Manipur government offices, including an office of the recently created Kamjong district, in the week hour on Friday.

The incident came at a time when tensions between hill and valley people escalated as the United Naga Council called economic blockade in the lifeline highways of the state enters 53rd day.

According to a PTI report, the newly appointed deputy commissioner, Armstrong Pame, of Kamjong district, said: "Around five to six unidentified persons came around 3 am and torched the office of sub-divisional office (SDO),”

Pame added that the office of the DC Kamjong was temporarily set up within the SDO office, as the newly built office of DC Kamjong was yet to be inaugurated.

In Ukhrul district, two rooms of mini Secretariat were also set ablaze by by unidentified persons in the week hours today, police said.

The unrest in the state escalated after Chief Minister Okram Ibobi announced creation of seven new districts in the state, which the United Naga Council (UNC) claims will bifurcate ancestral lands of Nagas in the state.

The creation of the Kamjong district, which was carved out from the Ukhrul district, has been strongly protested by various Manipur-based Naga civil bodies including the Tangkhul Naga Long and UNC amongst others.

The UNC also imposed an indefinite economic blockade on the National Highways of Manipur since November 1 in protest, hampering supply of essential items, and leading to violent protests.