Source: News Bharati English13 Dec 2016 09:30:24

New Delhi, December 13: The Ministry of Home Affairs, in a statement released on Monday, has assured of the government's commitment towards maintaining rule of law in Manipur, and in view of the ongoing blockade on National Highway (NH) 37 and the shortage of essential commodities consequently faced by the people.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has now warned in a statement released on Monday: "No individual or organization will be allowed to take the law into their own hands." "It considers blockades anywhere in India a gross violation of law and a crime against humanity causing untold suffering to countless humans. No individual or organization will be allowed to take the law into their own hands," read a ministry statement.

It is hoped that state government will act with responsibility and maturity to ensure both maintenance of supplies to Manipur as well as social harmony. Ministry of Home Affairs will provide additional forces to the state government if necessary, it said. Manipur is facing an acute crisis of essential commodities and petrol due to the indefinite blockade called by the UNC in the state.

Last week, 15 companies of central forces were made available to the state government to enable them to get the blockade lifted, in addition to 15 more already stationed in the state. The government, in the letter, has also appealed to the United Naga Council (UGC) to remove its illegal blockade seeing the difficulties people of Manipur are facing. It also urged for a peaceful settlement.

“The Government of India expects all to cooperate with the Government of India’s resolve to both maintain rule of law and supplies of commodities to Manipur,” the statement said. “All contentious issues need to be settled peacefully by democratic and lawful means,” the statement said.