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Manipur urges Nagaland for tanker security
Correspondent IMPHAL, FEB 13
Published on 14 Feb. 2010 12:07 AM IST
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Manipur chief secretary, D. S. Poonia has urged his Nagaland counter part, Lalthara to provide security escort to the Manipur oil tankers along the Nagaland section of the NH-39 as usual, official source said Saturday. Nagaland government, which has been taking responsibility of providing security to oil tankers of Manipur while crossing Nagaland along the NH-39 from Khatkhati to Khuzama, had stopped escorting oil tankers from February 2. Nagaland police earlier provided security to the oil tankers three days in a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for swift passage of the oil tankers along the stretch of the NH-39 within the state while Manipur police escorting the oil tankers from Khuzuma till Imphal during these days. Manipur chief secretary, D. S. Poonia wrote to Lalthara to provide the security to the oil tankers as usual since the absence of security has caused problems in the transportation of the petroleum products in the state. However, no immediate response was received from the Nagaland government, the source added. The halt in providing security coincided with the commencement of the indefinite economic blockade called by the Senapati District Students’ Association. The stock position which has drying up since the commencement of the economic blockade improved as oil tankers stranded at Khatkati arrived at Imphal during the 36 hours relaxation on Feb 11 and 12. With the improved stock position, petrol retail outlets in the state reopened yesterday.

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