Imphal: More than 1000 empty trucks and
oil tankers with security escort on Sunday left here for Jiribam
to collect essential items defying the ongoing blockade on the
National Highway 53 to ease food crisis in Manipur, official
"Police commandoes and jawans of India Reserve
Battalion (IRB) are escorting the vehicles on the
Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar National Highway 53 in the wake of
destruction of several food-laden trucks by those supporting
the blockades at Khumbong yesterday," the sources said.
The vehicles, carrying essentials, are scheduled to
return here after three days, the sources said. Jiribam,
located about 222 km west of Imphal, is a town bordering
Blockades have been continuing on two important roads
--- Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati National Highway 39 and
Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar National Highway 53 in Senapati
district -- for nearly one and half months creating scacity of
essentials in the land locked state.
The Sadar Hills District Demand Committee has launched
indefinite economic blockades on the two roads demanding
conversion of Kuki-majority Sadar Hills into a full-fledged
revenue district from August one.
Oposing the demand, the United Naga council also
launched blockades on the two highways since the middle of