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UNC begins suspended economic blockade

Trucks waiting for escorts at Khuman Lampak in Imphal on Wednesday. (EP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 4:
Published on 5 Aug. 2010 12:29 AM IST
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The 20-day economic blockade imposed by United Naga Council (UNC) commenced Wednesday.
No freight truck entered into Manipur from Nagaland side on the Imphal-Dimapur section of the NH-39 while around 500 loaded trucks proceeded towards Imphal from Jiribam on NH-53 only to be stranded on the way.
A report received from Mao gate said that no inter-state vehicle arrived at Mao gate from Nagaland side except an inter-state bus, on the first day of the resumption of the UNC blockade which began last midnight.
However, a total of 48 empty oil tankers escorted by CRPF personnel crossed Mao Gate for onward journey to procure petroleum products from Khatkati in Assam. It may be mentioned that Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has started procuring petroleum products in Manipur on the NH-39.
On Tuesday, over 80 oil tankers arrived Imphal while another around 100 tankers was brought by the CRPF personnel from Khatkati on Monday. With the arrival of oil tankers, state consumer affairs, food and public distribution department started distribution of petrol and diesel on rationing system from today.
Around 500 loaded trucks including 40 oil tankers and 19 LPG laden trucks left Jiribam on NH-53 Wednesday morning for Imphal with security escorts. Convoys of 2nd Manipur Rifles were escorting the vehicles.
However, officials here do not expect arrival of the vehicles in the next two or three days as the road improvement works was yet to be completed.
The Senapati District Students’ Association (SDSA) has strongly endorsed the UNC economic blockade and asked the state government to immediately fulfill the demands of the UNC. The SDSA warned of intensified agitations in the near future if the demand was not met.
Meanwhile, two officials of the Food Corporation of India (FCI), A. K. Roy (Executive Director-NE, Zonal Office FCI, Guwahati) and MK Gogoi (General Manager, FCI, Regional Office Dimapur) today inspected FCI godowns at Sangaiporou and Koirengei in Imphal for necessary replenishment of the stock with the initiative of the corporation.
The inspection of the godowns was a follow up action to the recent visit of a high level team of the Central government. The high level official team of the Centre comprising of joint secretaries of various ministries and top officials of Food Corporation of India (FCI) and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), had visited the state on July 31 and assessed state’s situation created by artificial scarcity of essential goods due to uncertainty on the highways in the state. They had agreed to release funds for improving the NH-53.

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