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TDC enforces truck boycott
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUN 19:
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Published on 20 Jun. 2010 1:18 AM IST
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Normal vehicular traffic on the Imphal-Dimapur section of the NH-39 failed to resume Saturday even though the stretch was free from all sorts of agitations after both NSF and ANSAM suspended ban on Manipur vehicles and economic blockade respectively.
Members of the Transporters’ and Drivers’ Council (TDC) Saturday damaged to least two trucks allegedly for defying its decision not to ply along the Imphal-Dimapur section of NH-39 while another truck met with accident while avoiding attack, official reports said.
Even though the economic blockade imposed by the ANSAM was withdrawn temporarily from 4 pm of Friday, no truck or bus left Imphal towards Nagaland. The TDC, an apex body of the vehicle owners and drivers has decided not to take the route till their demands were fulfilled.
The apex body is demanding assurances from the Nagaland government and Central government to free Manipur vehicles from all sorts of collection of “illegal taxes” by various underground groups and non-governmental organisations within Nagaland state and adequate compensation to the trucks damaged in Nagaland during the blockade.
The two trucks, including the one involved in mishap, loaded with fertilizers, were among five trucks that proceeded towards Imphal yesterday after reportedly paying Rs 25,000 to a students’ body based at Dimapur for allowing them to cross Nagaland, reports said.
Entry permission to Nagaland issued by Dimapur Naga Students Union (DNSU) was found from one of the damaged trucks. The permission was issued on June 16 last ahead of the suspension of economic blockade of ANSAM but after the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) relaxed ban on Manipur vehicles in Nagaland.
The trucks headed for Imphal after allegedly paying Rs 25,000 to the Union, TDC volunteers told this correspondent when contacted. The incident shows that still some NGOs and underground groups are trying to collect money from the Manipur vehicles whenever they get chance, they said.
The two trucks were damaged this morning, at about 7 am at Sekmai Bazar where the council had detailed its members to check movement of inter-state freight trucks and buses. They smashed the windshield of the truck (MN01A-9831) loaded with Urea fertilizer coming from Dimapur while the other 407 tata (also loaded with fertilizer) coming from Kangpokpi was also damaged.
Another vehicle AS01R-8191 met with accident at Khonghampat on the stretch of the highway after being able to escape attack by the members of council. The driver and handyman escaped unhurt.
Three other trucks that had crossed Mao Gate yesterday did not reach Imphal. Police said they might have been stranded midway due to fear of attack by the supporters of Transporters’ and Drivers’ Council.
On the other hand, except 10 vehicles (two passenger bus and eight freight trucks), others which left Jiribam with security escort on the NH-53 were yet to arrive Imphal owing to landslide at various sections of the highway due to heavy rainfall, police said.
Over 700 freight trucks were reportedly stranded at various places beyond Noney and Tupul of the highway. Around 400 trucks were stranded beyond Tupul and 300 beyond Noney, official reports said.

 
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