Rajnath Singh Speaks to Zeliang, Promises Central Monitoring
Home secy to monitor situation in both Nagaland & Manipur
Our Political Bureau
New Delhi: Amid continued blockade of the national highway in Manipur and rising unrest in the Northeast, Home Minister Rajnath SinghhasspokentoNagalandChief Minister T R Zeliang and deputed home secretary Rajeev Mehrishi to monitor the situation in both Nagaland and Manipur.
Meanwhile, joint secretary (NorthEast) in the home ministry, Satyendra Garg chaired a tripartite meeting with representatives of the government of Manipur and United Naga Council (UNC), in the capital on Friday. “The situation is being monitored personally by the home secretary himself and both minis- ters are being apprised of the developments every few hours,” a senior official said. The UNC has continued their economic blockade on two national highways, which has consequently led to shortage of essential commodities in the state.
The unrest in the state that began with the creation of seven new districts by the state government led to escalating violence, has already left two people dead and prompted the home ministry to send central forces to contain the law and order situation. Manipur elections are scheduled to be held on March 4 and 8 and political bigwigs such as Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are reportedly planning to visit the state for elections campaigning.
Senior home ministry officials on Friday have also asked Assam Rifles to ensure safety of T R Zeliang, amid ongoing violent protests in parts of the state protesting 33% reservation for women in Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).