11 rogue trucks caught opting for NH-39
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 20 2010: In total violation of the decision adopted by the Transporters' and Drivers' Council not to ply along NH-39, eleven loaded trucks reached Imphal today through NH-39 .

Of the 11 trucks which took the NH-39 route, four trucks loaded with fertilizers were escorted by a police team led by OC of Sekmai police station from Kanglatongbi and Charhajar and brought to the camp of 2nd IRB at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex.

Even though the NSF and ANSAM have lifted the over two months old economic blockade, the Transporters' and Drivers' Council, Manipur decided to stay away from NH-39 in view of the persistent harassment meted out to drivers and transporters on NH-39 in addition to daily extortion and frequent assault of transporters and passengers.

Sekmai police escorting the fertiliser trucks along NH-39

Notably, two fertilizer laden trucks which reached Imphal through NH-39 after paying Rs 5000 each to the Dimapur Naga Students' Union for free passage in defiance of the decision not to ply on NH-39 were vandalised by supporters of the drivers' council at Awang Sekmai yesterday.

Of the four trucks escorted by police till Khuman Lampak today two trucks bearing registration numbers AS-01CC/4152 and NL-01A/3158 were the ones which escaped the vandalism at Awang Sekmai yesterday.

Altogether, five trucks carrying fertilizers were heading for Imphal.

While one stayed back at Kohima as the vehicle broke down on the way, two reached Imphal yesterday but were vandalised at Sekmai.

The other two were escorted to Khuman Lampak today, As the police team came across the two trucks at Kanglatongbi today, there were no drivers.

The other two trucks carrying fertilizer have registration numbers AS-1X/0740 and AS-25C/8377 .

These two trucks joined a convoy of nine goods laden trucks on their way to Imphal from Mao this morning.

All the nine trucks arrived at Mao from Dimapur with security escorts provided by CRPF yesterday.

Even as the two fertilizer laden trucks were escorted by police to Khuman Lampak, the other seven trucks headed for their destinations on their own.

While the trucks that arrived yesterday were carrying urea, the other two trucks that reached Imphal today had 200 bags of DAP each.

These trucks were loaded with fertilizers from Kamrup Fertilizers and Chemicals, Guwahati on May 11 .

Since then, they remained stranded at different places in Guwahati due to the blockade.

The DAP bags of 10 metric tonnes worth around Rs one lakh belong to one L Bijoy of Oinam.