Normal mobile phone service in Manipur is likely to be hit by the diesel scarcity being experienced in Manipur for months as fuel suppliers decided to stop supply with immediate effect from Saturday. In an emergency meeting, the fuel suppliers adopted a resolution to stop the filling of diesel to all the generator sets operating the mobile towers with effect from today.
The All Manipur Telecom Diesel Fillers Committee president N Nilakumar said that the committee was not in the position to continue their supply to the mobile towers as the government authorities failed to issue adequate quantity of diesel to general public and police conducting frequent raids to the house of the diesel fillers alleging that they were storing the item illegally. Alleging the police of taking money illegally from the vehicles sent for filling diesel to the mobile towers, Nilakumar said that the committee had decided to suspend the supply till diesel fuel was readily available to the general public.
The decision of the mobile fuel suppliers came after three suppliers were arrested by Imphal east police yesterday with 4000 litre of diesel.
Police also booked three fuel suppliers for hoarding the item without prior permissions from the deputy commissioners of their respective districts and from the consumer affairs, food and public distribution.
A total of 13 mobile fuel suppliers had been supplying diesel for around 700 mobile tower operators across the state run by private mobile phone operators. In another unrelated incident, a combined team of police commandos and Assam Rifles troops recovered two sophisticated arms, three hand grenades and ammunitions in a follow up action after the arrest of a PLA cadre.
A police source said that a hardcore cadre of PLA identified as Thokchom Dharmachandra alias Paul (43) of Andro Bazar in Imphal east district was nabbed by a combined team of Imphal east police commandos and troops of 28 AR yesterday around 5 pm along with a 9 mm pistol loaded with eight live rounds.
Based on the disclosure made by the cadre, the combined force conducted a raid at Lamthabung Ching village and recovered one M-16 with three magazines loaded with 30 live rounds, an AK-56 rifles with three magazines containing 50 live round and three hand grenades (China made), Imphal east additional SP Rajen said.