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Stranded trucks leave Mao with escort
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 24:
Published on 24 Jul. 2009 11:29 PM IST
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Over 117 loaded trucks including an oil tanker have been escorted to Imphal from Mao gate where they were stranded owing to indefinite economic blockade imposed by the All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM). The trucks proceeded amidst the warning of the student bodies of untoward incidents for defying the economic blockade and transporting the goods on the highway. The trucks were stranded at Khuzuma in Nagaland bordering Manipur since the commencement of the blockade on July16 last. The blockade had entered its eighth day on Friday but there was no sign of ending it as the government was yet to hold talks with the striking student bodies. The goods carrying trucks proceeded with security escort provided by personnel of 2nd Manipur Rifles under the supervision of its assistant commandant, Chitaranjan Friday at around 3 pm, a report received from Mao gate said. The trucks are likely to reach Imphal late Friday night, police said. Meanwhile, ATSUM, stating that the economic blockade has been imposed in pursuit of the demand, expressed hope that everyone continue would continue to bear the hardships caused by the blockade. A statement issued by ATSUM signed by the information secretary G Gaisingam dispatched on Friday warned businessmen around Thangal bazaar in Imphal of hiking prices of commodities taking advantage of non-arrival of goods from outside the state owing to the blockade. The statement went on to say that ATSUM always wanted to avoid direct confrontation and physical violence and stated that this should not be taken as weakness on the part of the body and appealed the owners and drivers of the trucks plying on highways to be more cooperative and understanding.

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