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Minister appeals for calm amidst turmoil in Manipur
Correspondent IMPHAL, MAY 20:
Published on 21 May. 2010 12:13 AM IST
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A statement made by the spokesperson of the Manipur government, minister N Biren proved to be true on Thursday when this correspondent accidentally came across two women, one Tangkhul and another Meitei sitting together and selling petrol at a corner of the Imphal street.
Interestingly, two kinds of petrol are now available in the grey market in Manipur ranging from Rs 130 to Rs 150 per litre. Some vendors said they brought the petrol from Ukhrul while some said it was from Churachandpur district.
Government spokesperson, IFCD minister, N Biren recently briefing local media after a Cabinet meeting, appealed the people to remain calm and not to believe in rumours stating that the stand-off was not among people but between the Manipur government, Central government and NSCN(IM).
To add to his point, former chief minister, RK Dorendro, the chairman of the Manipur Pradesh Trinamool Congress also said, in a ADC election campaign rally in Sadar hill on Wednesday only few created problem taking advantage of government’s stand on barring Muivah to enter the state.
The sayings of political leaders to calm down the people from the tense situation arising out of stand-off at Mao gate has been proof to contain some reality when this correspondent accidentally intercepted two women selling petrol.
The two women were seen displaying a bottle with petrol at the cost of Rs 130 per litre. One of them said she had brought the petrol from Ukhrul where the same is procured from Nagaland through the inter-state border at Jessami. While the other woman said, the petrol brought from Ukhrul was called Tangkhul petrol and that brought from Churachandpur was called Churachandpur petrol.
Manipur is facing acute shortage of fuel despite hectic effort of the government authority to open NH-150 and NH-53 even though the main lifeline of the state, NH-39, could not be opened for normal vehicular movement owing to the indefinite blockade of the ANSAM in Manipur and total ban of Manipur vehicle in Nagaland by NSF.
Government planned to procure 40 kilolitre of petrol by air cargo Thursday from Nagpur via Guwahati by Indian Airforce cargo but due to bad weather, the consignments did not reach. Another 50 quintals of rice was also planned to be airlifted from Guwahati. The same had also been cancelled, official source said.
Meanwhile, a source from the state home department said a consignment of 1.799 MT of life saving drugs in 156 packets in addition to 3 MT of same items in 404 packets procured by Airforce aircraft reached Imphal. Besides this, 78 barrels of diesel, 44 barrels of petrol, 142 oxygen cylinders, one tanker of diesel, five heavy vehicles with essential commodities, 23 light vehicles arrived from Aizawl on NH-150 on Thursday.
A total of the 57 vehicles left Churachandpur for Mizoram on the same route even as around 300 loaded trucks were stranded at various places at Silchar and are expected to escort back by Friday on the Imphal-Jiribam section of NH-53.

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