Imphal, Aug 6: The All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) began “economic blockades” on two important national highways from Friday, hitting supplies coming from Assam.
Several trucks coming from Assam were stranded on the Imphal-Dimapur highway (NH-2) and Imphal-Jiribam highway (NH-39) as protesters blocked the roads with boulders, besides burning tyres.
The ATSUM was demanding the tabling of the Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council (Amendment) Bill 2021 in the Monsoon session of the assembly for greater financial and administrative autonomy of the hill region to ensure development at par with the valley areas of the state.
The student body appeals to the general public for cooperation and support to the movement for tabling of HAC recommended ADC Bill 2021 in the second session of the 12th state Assembly and its demand for immediate release of the arrested union leaders.
In Ukhrul district, the agitation will continue in the form of indefinite economic blockade and picketing of government offices, the Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong (TKS) stated and extended its gratitude to the general public for the cooperation.