Six-day blockade begins
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, April 12 2010: With the commencement of the six day economic blockades on the highways passing through the state imposed by All Naga Students Association Manipur (ANSAM), normal plying of good carrying vehicles on the two highways, NH-39 and NH-53 affected severely.

Only eight loaded trucks and an oil tanker arrived at Mao gate Monday at Mao gate bordering with Nagaland this morning.

The vehicles have been brought to Imphal with security escorts provided by the personnel of the Manipur Rifles at 2 pm today, police said.

The six day long economic blockade was called by the All Naga Students' Association of Manipur (ANSAM) on the two national highways (NH-39 and 53) and other highways in Manipur from last midnight demanding government withdraw of decision of holding of elections of the Autonomous District Council under the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Councils (3rd Amendment) Act, 2008 and due to end by midnight of April 17 .

No vehicle reported stranded at Mao gate or beyond on the Nagaland side on the NH-39 and at Jiribam on the Imphal-Jiribam section NH-53 except the nine vehicles escorted back from Mao gate by a team of Manipur Rifles.

No untoward incident reported on the first day of the blockade.