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TDC rejects plea to ply on NH-39
Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 1:
Published on 2 Aug. 2010 12:33 AM IST
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Even as the Transporters and Drivers Council (TDC) rejected the strong plea of the central team to resume plying along NH-39 assuring them adequate security, a driver of an Imphal bound freight truck was kidnapped by suspected militants on the way before reaching Kangpokpi from Senapati side Saturday at around 4.45 pm.
A police report said that the driver of the truck MN05-2119 ferrying iron bar coming towards Imphal was held captive by militants at a place between Kangpokpi and Chagoubung. Police learnt of the kidnap while enquiring about the stationary truck with only a handyman parked by the roadside for a long time. The good belonged to one Sikander of Imphal while the truck belonged to one Rajendro of Imphal.
The incident took place a day after the TDC aired its grievances over plying trucks on the Imphal-Dimapur section of the NH-39 due to extortion by militants and kidnapping of drivers and truckers for money.
In spite of assurance given by the high level central team, to provide security protection and all kinds of safety measures, the TDC has turned down the plea to resume plying the Imphal-Dimapur section of the NH-39.
TDC, the apex body of trucks and inter-state service buses and transporters have refused to ply their freight trucks and inter-state buses on the NH-39 passing through Nagaland until they were paid compensation for trucks damaged in Nagaland during the NSF ban on Manipur vehicles. The TDC is also demanding that the route be freed from all extortion on the vehicles plying through Nagaland.
“We will not ply on this route (NH-39) until and unless our demands are fulfilled. By saying this we don’t mean that we will stop plying the route forever; but we only demand safety of the truckers and highway travelers,” said TDC general secretary Ng Haridas. He was among the representatives of the TDC participating in the meeting with the central team who are on a two-day visit to the state to assess the food and petroleum products scarcity in Manipur.
The high level central official team comprising of joints secretaries of various ministries and top officials of Food Corporation of India (FCI) and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) arrived Imphal Saturday to take first hand information on the acute shortage of essential goods due to uncertainty on the highways in the state.
The Central team assured to provide adequate central security for vehicles plying on the NH-39. They assured of providing 15 companies of Central Paramilitary Forces for deployment along the stretch of the highway with additional security to each and every bus moving throughout the journey.
“We have rejected it as the assurance is not a lasting solution. We want a long lasting solution,” Haridas reiterated.
On the other hand, official sources said that the visiting team agreed to sanction around Rs 32 crore for taking up improvement works of the NH-53 immediately considering its prime importance now. The central team left Imphal Sunday. Before leaving Imphal, they also called on the governor and informed him of the reason behind their visit in the state.

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