P Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram.Reuters

After three months of economic blockade imposed by tribal organizations in Manipur, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram is visiting Manipur today (Nov 2) to defuse crisis in the state.

Chidambaram will hold a security review meeting at the secretariat in Imphal with Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and other senior officials.

The Minister, who appealed to the United Naga Council (UNC) on Monday to withdraw the ongoing economic blockade, is expecting a permanent political solution in the crisis-torn states of North East India.

Speaking to reporters, the Minister assured all the agitating groups that "the Central Government would certainly urge the state government to act on the reports of the District Reorganization Commission."

The Minister's visit came after the three months of economic blockade by the Sadar Hills District-hood Demand Committee (SHDDC) and the counter blockade called by the UNC.

However, the agitating Kuki organization, SHDDC, had lifted the three-month-long economic blockade imposed on national highways after an agreement had been signed between the SHDDC and the Manipur government Monday.

Demanding a separate district for Kuki people in the Sadar hills regions, the SHDDC launched the economic blockade from August 1 on two national highways - NH 39 (Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati) and NH 53 (Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar). However, Naga groups under the UNC are opposed to creation of a Sadar Hills district and launched a counter economic blockade on the same highways.

From Imphal, Chidambaram will fly to Dimapur, a commercial hub of Nagaland, where he would hold a security review meeting at the Police Training Academy at Chumukedima.