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Supply of items cut off in Manipur
Correspondent: IMPHAL, Aug 6:
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Published on 7 Aug. 2009 12:32 AM IST
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Land route connecting Manipur with other states has been totally cut off for the third day Thursday by the transporters “chakka bandh” coinciding with the indefinite blockade on national highways 39 and 53. Inter-state passengers buses stopped plying on these two routes-Imphal-Dimapur and Imphal-Jiribam on the NH 39 and 53 respectively, while over 43 loaded trucks including eight oil tankers were stranded at Khuzuma gate in Nagaland bordering Manipur. Supply of commodities to Manipur stopped after transporters launched chakka bandh demanding the repair of the two national highways. The strike was called jointly by the All Manipur Inter-State Bus Association, the Manipur Drivers’ Welfare Association, the Imphal-Silchar Road Transporters Welfare Association and the All Manipur Petrol Tanker Drivers’ Union. Trucks were escorted by the security forces upto Imphal but since the truckers suspended plying with the launching of the chakka bandh, supplies of essential commodities have totally stopped. While ATSUM imposed the blockade on July 5 midnight over a demand for amendment of the job reservation act and selection of site for the Indira Gandhi Tribal University, the other students’ organisation joined in on July 26 demanding repair of Imphal-Kohima highway. Trucks were escorted by the security forces upto Imphal but since the truckers suspended plying with the launching of the chakka bandh, supplies of essential commodities have totally stopped. On the chakka bandh, president of the inter-state buses association said they decided to support demand over repair of the national highways. During the strike inter-state buses and trucks will not ply along the national highways, he said. Transporters along Imphal-Moreh Road have also suspended their services extending support to the strike.

 
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