Economic blockade affects life in Manipur

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Imphal, Nov 23(UNI) Frequent imposition of economic blockade on NH 39 passing through the state badly affects normal life as people face hardships.

The Manipur government has decided to bring in stranded trucks on the Manipur-Nagaland border by providing escort considering the shortage of essential commodities and steep hike in their prices following the blockade.

The oil depots were not able to meet the public demand and cooking gas was sold in black market at exhorbitant prices.

The prices of edible items have also skyrocketed.

The economic blockade was imposed by the Senapati District Students Association (SDSA) to demand repair of the highway.

It was relaxed for six days and re-imposed on November 19.

The Works Minister K Ranjit has assured the repair of the highway.

Meanwhile the the truck owners raised their security concerns and said three drivers were kidnapped on Nov 19 near Kohima for alleged failure to cough monetary demands of the militants.

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