Blockade : Trucks stoned, heat on IM
Source: The Sangai Express / NNN

Imphal, August 06 2010: Even as the UPA Govt and the Opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha have held the NSCN-IM responsible for imposing yet another economic blockade in Manipur, volunteers of the United Naga Council (UNC) reportedly stoned some Imphal bound trucks in Senapati district today.

There is no detailed information in this regard, till the time of filing this report.

The UNC has imposed a 20-day economic blockade along the two National Highways since August 4 demanding a Judicial Enquiry be instituted into the May 6 Mao Gate episode and to abolish the Autonomous District Councils in Manipur hills which were formed recently.

The UNC also put up a demand of alternative arrangement for the Nagas as they no longer want to be under the Government of Manipur.

At the backdrop of this development, the Left parties and the Ministry of Home Affairs have blamed NSCN-IM leader Thuingaleng Muivah saying that at the behest of the NSCN-IM leader UNC has been imposing the economic blockade.

The BJP and the Left parties had come out strongly in favour of Manipur in the Rajya Sabha yesterday.

Meanwhile, goods are now being ferried into the State capital Imphal by transporters under tight security cover of the CRPF along National Highway 39 since August 2 in the face of the UNC economic blockade and Transporters and Drivers Council (TDC) boycott of the Imphal-Dimapur route.

Every evening large number of freight trucks queue up near the CRPF camp at Mantripukhri in Imphal to join the escort parties in the wee hours of everyday.