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Border trade affected in Moreh
Correspondent IMPHAL, APR 24:
Published on 25 Apr. 2009 12:53 AM IST
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Business activities in the border town of Moreh was crippled Friday owing to the suspension of passenger services of all forms in protest against the torching of a Tata Sumo by suspected PULF militants on April 19 last allegedly for not paying monetary demand served by the outfit. Associations of all the passenger service vehicles along this route suspended service on Friday decrying the act of the militant group. A report received from Moreh town said that due to the non-arrival of the passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles, the market places in the town and at Naphalong on the Myanmar side wore a deserted look affecting the border trade. It may be mentioned that a passenger service Tata Sumo was hijacked by suspected PULF militants from the highway at Thamnapokpi and burnt down at Uthumpokpi, one kilometer away from the Pallel police outpost. The militants also looted money and other belongings of the passengers and driver before burning down the vehicle. The vehicle was torched allegedly for refusing to pay Rs five lakhs demanded by the militants from the Indo-Myanmar Tata Sumo Service Welfare Association. A joint meeting of the bodies of the bus and taxi services along Imphal-Moreh route has also been called this evening to chalk out further course of agitations against the frequent disturbances by armed militants operating along this route, reports said.

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