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NH 39 Blockade: N Biren Singh asks Nagaland to intervene as SAPO remains adamant

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has written to the Nagaland government to take cognizance of the ongoing blockade by the Southern Angami Public Organization. Taking strong exception to the

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has written to the Nagaland government to take cognizance of the ongoing blockade by the Southern Angami Public Organization.

Taking strong exception to the issue, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said his government is in touch with Nagaland and that the move taken by SAPO is not acceptable. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the Police Facility, which the SAPO is demanding for removal, lies within the territory of Manipur.

 According to Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, it is not the right timing to seek for Centre’s intervention as the Nagaland government has not made any claim on the land where the police facility has been set up. If the Nagaland government claims authority over the land, than it will automatically draw the attention of the Centre.

Meanwhile, The Southern Angami Public Organisation has refused to lift the indefinite shutdown despite appeals. Talking exclusively to Northeast Live, SAPO President Kevipodi Sophie maintained that the shutdown will continue until the Manipur government addresses the demands put forward by the organisation.

When asked about his response to reports that the Manipur and Nagaland Chief Ministers were mulling to move the centre to end the deadlock, Sophie said that such a decision will not impact the SAPO’s agitation. The SAPO president maintained that no communication has been made by the Manipur government to call off the strike.

 However, the Nagaland government had sent its representatives to deliberate with the SAPO leadership and pacify the situation. But, the SAPO president feels that there is no reason as to why the agitation should be called off.

First Published: 30th March, 2022 23:41 IST

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