HC passes interim order on blockade, directs State to provide adequate security to stranded vehicles

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IMPHAL, November 4: The High Court of Manipur today directed the State government to provide adequate security for movement to the vehicles stranded due to the economic blockade and that adequate steps should be taken up by November 6.

A double bench of Chief Justice of Manipur High Court LK Mohapatra and Justice N Kotiswar Singh had passed the interim order today regarding a PIL moved by one Raj Kumar Joysana Singh of Moirangkhom Sougaijam Leikai.

The court further directed the case to be put up after four weeks.

The PIL was filed against 10 respondents namely The Union of India, Ministry of Home Affairs through secretary home; Chief Secretary of Manipur; DGP of Manipur; IGP law & order and IGP Intelligence government of Manipur, GOC Mountain Division, IGAR (South) BRO Commandant 83 RC Lamphel, United Naga Council through its secretary S Milan and the All Manipur Working Journalist Union through its president W Samjai.

The petitioner said that the PIL has been made against the unconstitutional and illegal 10-day economic blockade imposed by the United Naga Council Manipur from the midnight of November 2 on the National Highways protesting against actions of the Government of Manipur regarding the three bills and two resolutions passed by the Assembly.

He had further urged the court to direct the All Manipur Working Journalists Union Manipur not to publish/ broadcast such news of calling bandhs, economic blockades by any organisations, associations and unions.

The petitioner further prayed for an appropriate interim order directing the State government and the Union government machineries to take up immediate appropriate actions to prevent illegal and unconstitutional economic blockades, bandhs, general strikes on the two National Highways passing through Manipur.

And if required appropriate order be issued to shoot at site order against person or persons who prevent or obstruct while imposing economic blockade or bandh or general strike on the two highways, he prayed before the court.

In his prayer, the petitioner further urged the court to direct the State and Central governments to declare or announce the said UNC as unlawful council in view of their frequent criminal acts of crime against humanity and unlawful activities against the people of Manipur.

It further urged to direct the government machineries to safe guard the life and liberty of the people of the state by taking up adequate and appropriate action for preventing the economic blockade, bandh, general strike on National Highways 2 and 37.

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