Trucks damaged while being escorted
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 14: Save for five vehicles which broke down, all the goods laden trucks which were stranded on NH-39 on account of the highway blockade and economic blockade, were escorted to Imphal today.

Announcing this in the Assembly today, Chief Minister O Ibobi said that 255 trucks were stranded on the highway between Mao and Senapati.

Due to mechanical snags one had to be left behind at Senapati, two at T Khullen and another two at Yaikhangpao.

Even as the Chief Minister announced the arrival of the trucks in the Assembly, five trucks were damaged when blockade supporters stoned the vehicles near Senapati today, The Chief Minister informed the House that security was offered to the stranded vehicles earlier, but the drivers had refused the Security escort and instead asked the Government to chalk out a solution with the strikers first.

However as the State was running out of goods, security force was deployed to escort the stranded vehicles to Imphal, added the Chief Minister.

On the economic blockade launched by the All Tribal Students' Union, Manipur, the Chief Minister said that the Government received a memorandum from the student body.

However no ultimatum was mentioned as to when the Government should act on the memorandum, added Ibobi.

The student body is demanding restoration of the 1993 MBBS/BDS entrance examination rules.

On the demands raised by ATSUM, the Chief Minister informed the House that the Government has already asked them to consult legal experts to see what can be done.

The Chief Minister further said that though representatives of ATSUM were supposed to meet the Government yesterday as the meeting held on July 12 was inconclusive, the student representatives failed to turn lip.

Ibobi explained that the ATSUM representatives may have had problem assembling in Imphal as they have to come from different parts of the State.

He also expressed optimism that a solution would be found soon.

Meanwhile sources said that the glass panes of at least five trucks were smashed when blockade supporters stoned the vehicles along NH-39.Three company of security personnel were detailed to escort the stranded vehicles yesterday.

The stranded vehicles started moving with the security escort at about 3 am today along with an army convoy.

Drivers said that the vehicles were stoned while they nearing Senapati.

The blockade supporters who were well placed on the buildings on the side of the highway rained stones on the, vehicles.

Of the 250 trucks which arrived today 35 are LPG carriers.