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Kuki body to resume blockade

Imphal, Feb. 19: The Kuki State Demand Committee announced that it would resume its suspended public blockade from the midnight of February 24 indefinitely, to press for the start of political dialogue for the creation of a Kuki state out of Manipur.

S. George Guite, information secretary of the committee, said in a statement today that the committee was compelled to resume the blockade after the Centre failed to fulfil its promise.

The Centre had promised to start talks on the agenda of the Kuki state with the demand committee and Kuki militant groups having suspension of operation agreement with the government.

Guite said the Centre promised to start the dialogue by the first or second week of this month.

However, the government has not convened any meeting to start the talks till today, he added. The demand committee suspended its public blockade along all the national highways and state highways in Kuki-inhabited areas on January 27, after the Centre promised to start the dialogue.

“The committee cannot tolerate any step-motherly treatment on the genuine demand of the Kuki people for their homeland,” the statement said.

He said the blockade would include the vehicular movement in all roads connecting Imphal and other hill districts and it would be enforced strictly, but there would be no violence.