Convoy leaves Imphal for bringing essential supplies

A convoy of trucks and oil tankers today left the Manipur capital for bringing essential supplies after security forces secured the NH 53 blockaded for over a month by Naga students.

Last Updated: May 19, 2010, 20:26 PM IST

Imphal: A convoy of trucks and oil
tankers today left the Manipur capital for bringing essential
supplies after security forces secured the NH 53 blockaded for
over a month by Naga students.

The convoy comprising 160 trucks oil tankers, escorted
by two companies of the 4th India Reserve Battalion would
return to Imphal tomorrow with supplies, including petrol,
from Jiribam in Imphal East District and Silchar in Assam,
sources said.

They said the convoy was a part of special measures
taken by the government to bridge the shortage of essential
commodities following the indefinite economic blockade
launched by the All Naga Students Association Manipur on
national highways 39 from Dimapur in Nagaland and NH 53 from
Silchar in Assam since April 11.

The convoy also included buses which would bring back
passengers stranded at Jiribam, the sources said.

In Jiribam, over 50 loaded trucks stranded there were
expected to come here tomorrow along with the convoy.

So far, nine tonne of life-saving drugs and 7 tonne of
rice were airlifted from Guwahati till yesterday, and 20
tonne of life-saving drugs airlifted today, the sources said.

In Senapati district, the situation arising out of the
attempt by NSCN-IM general secretary T Muivah to enter Manipur
was normal with prohibitory orders imposed at the Mao check
gate on the Manipur-Nagaland border lifted from to time.

Although Muivah was still camping at a village on the
Nagaland side, reports said buses between Mao and Imphal have
begun running on the Imphal-Senapati NH 39.

Buses and civilians vehicles were exempted from the
purview of the economic blockade on the highway, reports said.

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PTI