Team Anna to visit blockade-hit state


RALEGAN SIDDHI (Maharashtra), Oct 15 (agencies): Activist Anna Hazare Saturday said that a two-member team, led by Arvind Kejriwal, will go to Manipur Oct 24 to find a possible solution to end the 76-day-long highway blockade to the state.

The decision was taken after a group of people from Manipur met him seeking his support to end the crisis. The meet was facilitated by Pune-based NGO Sarhad.

`Anna-ji has assured us that Arvind Kejriwal and RTI activist Akhil Gogoi will visit Manipur and talk to different groups to find a possible solution to end the blockade as early as possible,` said Sanjay Nahar from Sarhad.

He said that Hazare has also assured them to take up the matter of Irom Sharmila, who has been on an indefinite fast against Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) in the state.

Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC) began the indefinite road blockade agitation on the two crucial national highways, which link the northeastern state with the rest of the country, demanding that the Sadar Hills sub-division in the Naga-dominated Senapati district in northern Manipur be upgraded as a fullfledged district.

The United Naga Council (UNC), the apex forum of Nagas in Manipur, has also been organising a counter-road blockade in all Naga-inhabited areas in northern Manipur, demanding that these areas should not be carved out without their consent.

The road blockade has severely hit the supply of essential commodities to the state.


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