411 goods trucks on the way to Imphal
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, June 07 2010: A total of 411 loaded trucks including 28 oil tankers and three gas bullet tankers (bulk LPG careers) had left Jiribam and are on the way to Imphal with security escorts.

The goods-laden trucks, stranded at Jiri and Lalmati of Assam, left Jiribam with security escorts provided by the personnel of Manipur Rifles last night around 11 pm.

The trucks have reportedly crossed Nungba around 1 pm today.

Among the loaded trucks are 28 trucks carrying rice for FCI, 11 carrying life saving drugs, 93 cement, 11 sugar, 18 fertilizers and remaining 219 loaded with essential food items.

The trucks were delayed in arriving at Imphal due to the bad condition of the highway between Maku and Barak, which is about 6 km long.

The weak small bridges located between Golathon bridge and Kaimai compounded the delay.

Drivers are also reportedly confronting difficulties in negotiating the muddy and slippery road because of heavy rainfalls.

Some of the trucks broke down, reports said.

At the same time, another 200 loaded trucks have reached Lalmati, Assam, and are waiting for security escorts.

Meanwhile, at least four passengers including two minor boys of an inter-state bus returning from Jiribam sustained injuries in attacks by blockade supporters in Noney areas.

The blockade supporters attacked the vehicles including the bus with boulders, stones and catapults last night.

The inter-state bus was among around 20 buses coming towards Imphal.

The security personnel escorting the freight trucks had driven far ahead when the attacks occurred, passengers said.

A passenger sustained serious injuries in his leg.

Around 300 goods trucks had already arrived at Imphal last night.

Windshields of as many as 20 trucks were broken when the blockade supporters attacked them with stones and catapults.