Imphal/Aizawl: Trucks loaded with
essential supplies and petroleum products have begun entering
Manipur which remains cut-off with two highways from Assam
and Nagaland blockaded by Naga students since April 16,
official sources said today.
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 entered Manipur territory
yesterday from Mizoram, the sources said.
More vehicles are on their way to Manipur, the sources
Official sources in Aizawl said the Mizoram
government, which has accepted the appeal of neighbouring
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-
Earlier, the Manipur government sent an SOS to the
Mizoram government seeking help in using an alternate route to
ferry supplies to the beleaguered state.
Meanwhile, a Manipur ministerial team headed by Works
Minister K. Ranjit inspected the Imphal-Churachandpur-Thanlong
-Tuivah-Aizawl NH 150 which is also known as Guite road
yesterday, reports from the district said.
Reports said the Border Roads Task Force personnel
were assisting trucks coming from Mizoram.
The blockade by the All Naga Students` Association
Manipur (ANSAM) continued on National Highways 39
(Dimapur-Imphal) and 53 (Jiribam-Imphal) to protest the state
government`s plan to hold elections to autonomous district
councils in hill districts.