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UNC calls 48-hr strike in Manipur

By Correspondent

IMPHAL, Jan 17 - United Naga Council (UNC) has called a 48-hour general strike in tribal areas of Manipur from January 24 seeking intervention of the Government of India with regard to certain issues while Churachandpur-based Joint Action Committee (JAC) constituted against the �anti-tribal� Bills has also called for boycotting the upcoming Republic Day celebration in tribal areas in the State.

In a press release, the UNC has decried the indifferent attitude shown by Government of India towards the bodies of the nine tribal martyrs still lying at the morgue of Churachandpur civil hospital after they were killed in police action while defending the inalienable rights of the tribal people in the aftermath of the passage of the three alleged anti-tribal Bills on August 31 last year.

Alleging that the State Government has grabbed tribal lands by carving out hundreds of hill tribal villages and placing them into four valley districts of Imphal in the name of re-organisation of Police District boundaries, UNC demanded that such orders should be immediately revoked and hill tribal villages placed back in hill districts.

UNC shall abstain from Republic Day celebration this year in protest against the role of fence-sitter taken by Government of India inspite of chaos, disorder, political suppression, etc., in the hill districts of Manipur, said the UNC statement.

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