Naga groups call off blockade, for now

There is a temporary reprieve for Manipur after being held hostage by Naga groups demanding their rights to the hills for more than two months.

Just hours after the Home Secretary made it clear that the Centre would send in forces to deal with the blockade, Naga leaders and activists met with the Prime Minister. This was followed by a formal announcement that they would consider suspending the agitation, but the leaders made it clear that their demands were unchanged.

There has been an acute shortage of essential goods due to the blockage. The state has slipped into a virtual emergency with the largest group of private hospitals planning to shut down due to unavailability of fuel, oxygen and medicines.

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