Tripartite talks to end Manipur blockade fail

The National Highway number 2 (NH 2) in Manipur is blocked since November 1 by the United Naga Council cadres which has affected the normal day-to-day life. (Representative image) Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 07, 2017, 02.52 PM (IST)

The tripartite talks between a team from the union home ministry, Manipur government and a Naga group that is spearheading the agitation in the poll-bound state of Manipur have failed, according to PTI.

The Centre has said that it is disappointed with the failure of talks but efforts to break the logjam will continue.

A statement released by the United Naga Council, which is spearheading the protests, said, "The Presidential Council, therefore, reiterates the rejection of the creation of 7 new districts and resolved to continue to fight against the insidious design of grabbing our land on the pretext of administrative convenience till the same is withdrawn."

The next round of talks is scheduled to be held on March 25.

The National Highway number 2 (NH 2) in Manipur is blocked since November 1, 2016 by the United Naga Council cadres which has affected the normal day-to-day life of the people in the northeast Indian state. 

The Council is protesting against the creation of seven new districts in the state. 

The top leadership of the United Naga Council is under arrest. Its president Gaidon Kamei and information secretary Stephen Lamkang are lodged in Imphal's central jail.

The elections to the 60-member Manipur Assembly is scheduled to be held in two phases next month -- March 4 and 8.

(WION with inputs from PTI)