Life-saving drugs flown in, trucks reach Manipur

Two aircraft with life-saving drugs from Guwahati arrived here on Monday as trucks with essential supplies and petroleum products began entering Manipur.

Updated: May 18, 2010, 13:58 PM IST

Imphal/Aizawl/Kohima: Two aircraft with
life-saving drugs from Guwahati arrived here on Monday as trucks
with essential supplies and petroleum products began entering
Manipur, which has been cut-off by a Naga student blockade on
two highways from Assam and Nagaland since April 16.

The two aircraft with life-saving drugs, which were
running low in the state holding up emergency operations
in hospitals, arrived at Changangei airport this morning,
official sources said in Imphal.

Around 18 heavy and 17 light commercial vehicles
carrying 220 barrels of petrol, 76 barrels of diesel and 35
bags of sugar and other supplies also entered Manipur
territory yesterday from Mizoram, the sources said.

More trucks are on their way to Manipur, the sources
said.

Official sources in Aizawl said the Mizoram
government, which has accepted the appeal of neighbouring
state for allowing trucks through its territory to Manipur,
today appointed state Joint Secretary for home T V Fambol as
the nodal officer to oversee movement of essential commodities
via the Silchar-Aizawl-Sinzawl-Churachandpur-Imphal road.

Reports said the Border Roads Task Force personnel
were assisting trucks coming from Mizoram.

PTI