Manipur vehicles not to ply through Nagaland
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Last Updated: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 13:07
Imphal: Buses and trucks of Manipur will not ply through Nagaland until the Centre and the Nagaland government pay compensation for the damaged vehicles during the ongoing indefinite economic blockade on national highways, the transporters and drivers council (TDC) said on Saturday.

"Several non-government organisations and militant outfits have been extorting money and harassing drivers, vehicle owners and passengers from Manipur in Nagaland for many years but we (TDC) have been tolerating it," TDC spokesman and general secretary NG Haridas told reporters here.

Several vehicles were destroyed during the ongoing economic blockade on National Highway 39

(Imphal-Kohima-Dimapur) passing through a major portion of Nagaland and NH-53 (Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar) by All Naga Students Association Manipur (ANSAM), Haridas said.

The decision not to ply trucks and buses was taken during an emergency meeting of the council last evening.

Several NGOs and militant outfits have been issuing diktat to Manipur-based vehicle owners at their whim besides security personnel collecting various 'illegal taxes' in Nagaland, the TDC general secretary said.

The ANSAM, United Naga Council and Naga Students Federation (NSF) had also damaged several vehicles and injured drivers during the economic blockade by the ANSAM who protested against holding elections to autonomous district councils in Manipur hills, he said.

Until and unless the central and Nagaland governments pay compensation to damaged vehicles and injured drivers and second drivers, the TDC will not ply its vehicles through Nagaland, Haridas said.


First Published: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 13:07

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