Imphal: Incidents of militant outfits
extorting money from drivers of loaded trucks plying along
NH-53 (Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar) in Manipur`s Tamenglong
district are on the rise, officials said on Sunday.
Extortion is mainly from vehicles plying without security
escort, said officials.
They said militants belonging to NSCN-IM, NSCN-K and Naga
National Council (Federal Government of Nagaland) were
collecting Rs 500 each per trip from loaded trucks at places
like Noney, Awang Khul and Kambirong in Tamenglong district.
Vehicle owners have also been paying Rs 8000 as `annual
tax`, besides `road tax, `goods tax` and others for the past
few years to the militant groups, they said.