139-day-old blockade ends in Manipur

Seen as the first major achievement of the newly formed BJP-led government in the north-eastern state of Manipur, the economic blockade put in place by the United Naga Council (UNC) came to an end on Sunday night.

The 139-day blockade had crippled the state’s transport and hit essential supplies. Long queues at fuel stations had became a common sight. In capital Imphal, the price of LPG cylinders had shot up to Rs 2,000 while diesel sold for Rs120-140 per litre in the black market.

The BJP government took over early this week, outwitting the Congress, which had emerged as the single largest party in the just concluded elections.

The blockade started on November 1 after former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh carved out seven new districts in the state. The protesting Naga groups had cut off two of Manipur’s arterial roads, connecting it with Assam and Nagaland, from November 1. This deprived the state of essential…

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