Many vehicles damaged in stoning by blockade supporters
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, April 21 2010: Windshields of over 40 loaded trucks including passenger buses and oil tankers shattered when blockade supporters pelted to over 381 vehicles heading Imphal with security escorts from Mao gate Wednesday afternoon.

All the vehicles stranded at Khuzuma of Nagaland owing to the economic blockade imposed by the ANSAM were escorted back from Mao gate to Imphal by the personnel of the Manipur Rifles.

They left Mao gate at about 1 pm after security personnel on ROP on the stretch of the highway gave green signal.

Security forces were on alert today while the vehicles with escort were heading Imphal based on specific information that blockade supporters are planning a heavy attack with stones and catapults from the top of the hills located between Chatumai and Tadubi.

The area was cleared by central security forces to assure vehicles free from all sorts of possible danger while crossing the area.

However, blockade supporters launch attacks on the vehicles in other area of the stretch.

They pelted stones on vehicles at several places starting from Makhan till Senapati.

In the stoning as many as 40 trucks were hit but among them windshields of one inter-state passenger bus and four oil tankers severely damage even though passengers and truckers escaped unhurt.

Police reports said a total of 381 trucks (241 loaded trucks, 35 bullet tanker (bulk gas careers), 107 oil tankers) including six passengers buses were escorted by the escort personnel.

The vehicles are likely to reach Imphal by late this evening as they have already cross Senapati by 4 pm.

Mention may be made that ANSAM has on April 17 last extended its economic blockade on the national highways passing through the state for another on week.

The blockade had entered fourth day today.