Economic blockade suspended

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Imphal: The indefinite economic blockade imposed in Manipur since Monday by ATSUM, KSO and ANSAM has been suspended after an agreement was brought with Manipur government on Thursday.

The student bodies demanded to convene a Special Legislative Assembly to table the HAC Recommended Manipur (Hill Areas) ADC Bill, 2021.

The organisations were represented by president of ATSUM, Paotinthang Lupheng; president of ANSAM, Wanglar Thiirtung and president of KSO, Sasang Vaiphei and the state government was represented by minister Letpao Haokip, minister L. Dikho and minister Vungzagin Valte, and the officers of tribal affairs and hills department.

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It was agreed that there will be a discussion between Hill Areas Committee (HAC), Manipur Legislative Assembly and the state government within five days time on the draft Autonomous District Council (ADC) Bill 2021.

Thereafter the draft ADC Bill 2021 shall be introduced by the government in the upcoming Winter Assembly Session, 2021 after completing the due process of law provided under the Constitution of India.

It was agreed that the government shall release all the executives of ATSUM, KSO, and ANSAM unconditionally and the ongoing economic blockade shall be suspended for the time being.

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Following the agreement 12 volunteers of the three student bodies who were arrested in connection with the blockade have been released unconditionally.

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