Imphal: Manipur police has detained at least six members of the All Manipur Tribals Development Grievances Forum (AMTDGF) ahead of the proposed economic blockade along the national highways 2 and 37 with effective from midnight of November 3 (Thursday).
According to police sources, of the six members arrested, three were detained from Senapati and another three from Kangpokpi district in connection with the bandh call.
The latest development comes after chief minister N Biren Singh warned those people who threatened to impose economic blockade along the two national highways 2 and 37, which are considered to be the lifelines of the state.
The chief minister has also assured that police highway patrols are on road to deal with any kind of situation and to ensure that all movement of vehicles are not affected owing to the blockade called from Thursday midnight.
Taking to his Facebook account, the chief minister said “Public and Private transport are moving freely as usual on NH 37 and Trucks are crossing Kaiphundai outpost of TML. Police Highway patrols are on road and officers are ready to deal with any kind of situation. Our police are after those anti social elements who have threatened for econonic blockade on Highways, adding, all the people who are threatening the public in this manner will be arrested very soon.
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According to AMTDGF statement, only Rs 100 crore has been released so far for the 16 districts of the state under MGNREGA out of the Rs 756 crore sanctioned by the Center.
It further stated that it postponed its economic blockade along NH-2 and NH-37 due to Diwali and Ningol Chakouba celebrations but has been compelled to go ahead with it now since there has been no response from the government till the deadline of October 30.
The AMTDGF has appealed to the public to support the indefinite economic blockade.
Meanwhile, the government said that the state has received Rs 756.50 crore for MGNREGA which is meant for all the 16 districts, out of which Rs 100 crore have been disbursed and allocated for all 16 districts irrespective of hill or valley districts.
An additional amount of Rs 150 crore will be released soon and the remaining in due course, it said.