Commodity prices skyrocket as Manipur blockade enters 55th day

The indefinite economic blockade of lifeline routes NH 39 (Imphal-Dimapur) and 53 (Imphal-Silchar) in Manipur by agitating Naga groups entered the 55th day on Sunday.

Updated: Jun 06, 2010, 17:19 PM IST

Imphal: The indefinite economic blockade of
lifeline routes NH 39 (Imphal-Dimapur) and 53 (Imphal-Silchar)
in Manipur by agitating Naga groups entered the 55th day on Sunday
as prices of essential commodities have skyrocketed with
hundreds of trucks remaining stranded.

The All Naga Students` Association (ANSAM) launched the
blockade on April 12 to protest against holding of elections
to six autonomous district councils in the Hills which, it
alleged, were given not enough power to carry out development
works.

The charge was, however, denied by the state government.

Due to the blockade, which was intensified after the
state refused entry to NSCN (IM) general secretary Thuingaleng
Muivah on May 3, regular supply of essential commodities has
been stopped, causing the prices to shoot up.

A litre of petrol now costs between Rs 120 and Rs 150,
onion Rs 28 and rice Rs 26 per kg. But despite the exorbitant
prices, many essential commodities were not simply available,
official sources said.

Before the blockade, between 300 to 400 trucks carrying
the essentials were plying daily on the two national highways,
the sources said.

On May 12, the Manipur government had decided to bring
hundreds of stranded trucks, loaded with essential items, from
Silchar to Imphal via Jiribam, a distance of 212 Kms, by
providing security.

PTI