Manipur blockade: Centre rushes 4,000 paramilitary personnel
The total number of central security personnel deployed in the sensitive northeastern state for assisting the local administration for maintaining law and order has gone up to 17,500.
In the aftermath violence in state's capital Imphal, the Centre has now rushed additional 4,000 paramilitary personnel to Manipur in what can be its efforts to reopen a national highway which has been blocked for nearly two months by a Naga group.
According to media reports, the total number of central security personnel deployed in the sensitive northeastern state for assisting the local administration for maintaining law and order has gone up to 17,500.
"Our top priority is now to reopen the National Highway-2 connecting Manipur (to Nagaland). While the other highway (NH-37) is reopened, we want to reopen the NH-2 too as early as possible," a senior Home Ministry official said, according to PTI report.
Since economic blockade has been imposed by United Naga Council (UNC) on National Highways since November 1, the security personnel were sent to the northeastern state keeping in view the security situation.
The UNC has imposed the economic blockade on NH-2 (Imphal-Dimapur) and NH 37 (Imphal-Jiribam) that serve as lifelines for the landlocked Manipur.
Curfew has been clamped in Imphal East district for the last fortnight after a mob torched and vandalised 22 passenger vehicles on the Imphal-Ukhrul road, while curfew in Imphal West district was imposed from evening to dawn.
In a stern message, the Centre had on Friday told the Manipur government that it can't escape responsibility for the "humanitarian crisis"arising out of the 52-day economic blockade by a Naga group and must work to end it, while making it clear that nobody will be allowed to take political advantage out of it.
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, who was on a day-long visit to Congress-ruled Manipur as a central emissary, said it is completely unacceptable to have such kinds of blockades in which thousands are suffering and both the Central and Manipur governments will work together to end it.