SILCHAR, July 12 � The All Assam Manipur Students� Union ( AAMSU), Cachar unit has demanded the immediate repair of the Silchar � Imphal road, now lying in a neglected and dilapidated condition.
The student body on Sunday blocked NH 54 which connects Silchar-Aizwal at Ramnagar near ISBT, five km from here in support of this demand.
The Silchar-Manipur road is on NH 54 and it is an alternative route of supply of essential commodities and goods. The blockade by hundreds of AAMSU activists which began at 10.30 am left all sorts of vehicular traffic stranded on the highway which was ultimately lifted by use of force by the police.
Sontosh Rajkumar, AAMSU chief advisor said that improvement of NH 53 through Silchar connecting NH 44 and 54 has become essential in view of the frequent blockade of Dimapur-Imphal NH 39 by Naga organisations even on flimsy pretexts, severely affecting normal life in Manipur.
Rajkumar further said that the volatile situation created in the wake of the visit of NSCN (IM) general secretary Thuingelang Muivah to his native village of Somdal in Ukhrul district led to the blockade of NH 39 for days together which pushed up the prices of essential commodities as well as life saving drugs, besides that of petroleum products abnormally, hitting hard the people of Manipur. Worst, there was severe scarcity of food grains, creating famine like situation.
President of AAMSU, Bidya Sagar Singh said that they would seek the cooperation and support of all the students� unions and social bodies in their efforts to improve the NH 53 which he believed would also make Silchar a greater commercial hub, contributing to the economic development of Barak Valley as a whole, besides strengthening the bond of amity and friendship between the people of this Southern area of Assam and Manipur. He also said that their union would seek the intervention of Manipur Chief Minister Ibobi Singh for taking definite and decisive steps on improving the highway.