125 goods trucks reach Imphal via NH-39
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 09 2010: Over one hundred loaded trucks, that had remained stranded for a couple of days following heavy landslide near Kohima, reached Imphal today along National Highway-39 giving a breather to the blockade-hit people of Manipur.

Escorted by CRPF personnel, the vehicles including 23 oil tankers, 22 LPG bullet tankers and 71 trucks loaded with grocery and household items crossed Mao gate in Senapati district around 8.20 am today, said a police officer manning the district dominated by different Naga communities.

The loaded vehicles came after heavy machineries partly cleared the Kohima landslide even as the United Naga Council (UNC) sponsored economic blockade on NH-39 and NH-53 (Imphal-Silchar route) entered its sixth day today.

The truckers had to also face another landslide near Makhan village in Senapati prompting the BRTF personnel to swing into action and clear the landslide, he said.

On the other hand 120 empty trucks which left Imphal for Dimapur crossed Mao gate at around 4 pm, he said.

Other than escorting the vehicles, a combined team of the Central paramilitary forces and State police have intensified vigil at all strategic areas along the highway, to neutralise any subversive acts by the blockade supporters, the police officer said.

The UNC re-imposed the blockade after the previous 68 days blockade.