Economic blockade on Manipur highways lifted : Northeast News - India Today A 93-day economic blockade on Manipur's two key national highways was lifted at midnight after the state government agreed to create a separate district for Kuki tribe. The Sadar Hills District Demand Committee, which had blocked NH39 and NH53, wanted government to upgrade Sardar Hills near Imphal to a full-fledged Kuki district. Sadar Hills is a Kuki majority area in Naga-dominated Senapati district. Opposing this demand, the United Naga Council too had blocked the two national highways from August 21. The state cabinet was deferring a decision on the issue fearing an ethnic clash between the Nagas and Kukis. As a result of the blockade, the prices of essential commodities had sky-rocketed in the state.