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3 injured, trucks torched on NH-39, 53
Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 19:
Published on 19 Aug. 2010 11:49 PM IST
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Three truckers were injured when supporters of economic blockade threw stones damaging windshields of over 20 freight trucks heading towards Imphal from Dimapur on NH-39, Thursday, further two other freight trucks were set on fire on NH-53.
According to police source, driver Rajen, a resident of Golaghat, in Assam presently residing at Dimapur, received serious injuries and was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Imphal, while the other two received minor injuries.
Suspected blockade supporters stoned the freight trucks from different directions while crossing the Senapati district headquarters and shattered windshields of over 20 trucks. Further, police suspect the stone throwers to be supporters of agitating UNC who had imposed an economic blockade on national highways.
Meanwhile, miscreants set on fire two freight trucks travelling on Imphal-Jiribam section of NH-53 at about 7.30 am today at Tupul under Noney police station, Tamenglong district. According to police report, the trucks bearing registration numbers AS01/3C-2665 and NL024-9461- were forced to stop by the miscreants before being torched and added that the trucks were heading Imphal without security escorts. Further, drivers and occupants of the two ill-fated trucks escaped unhurt.
It may be mentioned that the UNC had resumed the temporarily suspended agitation (68-day long highway blockade) from August 4 last alleging that Central government had failed to address their demands even after the five-day ultimatum which expired on July 31. The blockade was due to end by August 24. In another incident, a villager kidnapped by armed militants suspected to be cadres of United Kuki Liberation Army (UKLA) was found dead today at the bank of Tuinengba river under Jiribam police station, Manipur bordering with Assam.
The victim Tonglal Singjou (44) of Motbung village was kidnapped by gunmen yesterday evening, at about 6 pm from his home.

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