Imphal: Even as the economic blockade of NH 39
and NH 53 in Manipur entered the 65th day on Tuesday, a local
committee has called for a 120-hour bandh in Jiribam sub-
division of Imphal East district from October 8 demanding that
Jiribam me made a full fledged revenue district.
Jiribam District Demand Committee (JDDC) in a statement
today said the bandh would cover the entire Jiribam
sub-division from 6 pm of October 8. Jiribam sub-division, is
about 222 km west of here.
The Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC)
demanding that Sadar Hills area in Senapati district be made a
full fledged revenue had launched economic blockade of
National Highway 39 (Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati) and National
Highway 53 (Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar) on August 1, which entered
the 65th day.
The United Naga Council (UNC) opposing the SHDDC demand
had also launched economic blockade on the same national
highways on August 21.
Official reports said prices of all essential commodities
have gone due to economic blockades with petrol being sold at
Rs 130 per litre and diesel Rs 60 per litre in black markets.
LPG cylinder costs about Rs 1500 per cylinder in black
market, reports from markets said adding that even despite
price hikes, these items are not available because
transporters have stopped bringing it.
Official sources said one or twice in a week, loaded
trucks with security escort bring the essential items from
outside the state particularly from Assam due to security
Sources said between 300 to 400 trucks used to ply
everyday along the national highways to bring in essential
items before the economic blockades.
The economic blockades continue despite call from various
civil organisations to the SHDDC and UNC to call of the