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Nov 29, 2011 at 10:09am IST

Manipur: 121-day blockade lifted temporarily

Kolkata: Ahead of the Prime Minister's visit to Manipur, there was some relief in sight for the state as the 121-day old economic blockade was temporarily withdrawn by the United Naga Council on Tuesday.

The economic blockade has been lifted on National Highways 39, 53 and 150.

This came after Home Minister P Chidambaram assured the UNC that the Manipur government will not take any unilateral decision on carving out a new district without consulting the Nagas.

Prices of fuel and essential commodities had hit the roof due to the blockade with petrol going for over Rs 200 per litre and a gas cylinder costing over Rs 2000.

However, it remains to be seen if the other group asking for a new district, the Kukis, agree to the new settlement.

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