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Manipur House discusses NSF ban on vehicles

By Correspondent

IMPHAL, Feb 25 - Manipur Assembly today discussed the issues arising out of Nagaland-based Naga Students� Federation (NSF) sponsored ban on movement of Manipuri-owned vehicles in Naga-inhabited areas.

Replying to a call attention motion raised by opposition Trinamool MLA Th Shyamkumar, Manipur Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, who also holds the Home portfolio, appealed to the people not to call any �bandh/blockade� in public interest.

The NSF is demanding action against Manipur police commandos who allegedly accosted a team of NSF near Imphal on February 14.

NSF imposed the ban since Wednesday morning, forcing the State Government to escort around 70 stranded vehicles from various locations along Imphal-Mao sector of National Highway 2 which also passes through Nagaland.

Gaikhangam said the NSF team which was on their way to attend the Lui Ngai Ni festival at Ukhrul in Manipur in a vehicle, was stopped for routine frisking and checking by Manipur police commandos at Mantripukhri as part of intensifying security measures considering the visit of Chief Ministers of Nagaland and Mizoram to the Naga seed sowing festival. Informing that an inquiry is on to find out the facts relating to the February 14 incident, he assured that action will be taken up based on the inquiry report.

Meanwhile, All Manipur Students� Union has appealed to NSF to revoke their decision in order to maintain communal harmony in the region. All Manipur Students Guardians� Organisation and Naga People�s Organisation have also appealed for review of NSF�s decision considering the ongoing Class XII and upcoming Class X examinations.

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