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Over 100 vehicles stranded on Manipur-Nagaland border

Written by: Staff
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Mao/Imphal, Mar 27 (UNI) At least 100 trucks were stranded on the Manipur-Nagaland border near Mao due to the indefinite economic blockade on the National Highway called by All Tribal Students' Association of Manipur (ATSUM).

Police said some passenger vehicles with goods were damaged by the bandh supporters.

The drivers were having a tough time as they had to prepare food by removing diesel from their vehicles.

Some vehicles were stranded at Kangpokpi area of Senapati district.

ATSUM called the blockade from March 25 midnight to demand strengthening of infrastructure and manpower in all the educational institutes in the hill areas.

The NH-39, which passes through Nagaland is the only highway which is road worthy and connects the state to the outside world.

Movement of people were not, however, affected but the buses and private vehicles were not allowed to carry anything in bulk.

The Democratic Students' Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) has announced that it would support the strike if the state government does not fulfil the demands of the ATSUM.

''The government should do something before the situation turns ugly,'' members of DESAM said.

Incidentally, no essential commodities were available in Manipur last year due to a two-month economic blockade callded by All Naga Students' Association of Manipur.

The ATSUM is also demanding functional office of Additional director hills, education department, hill university, filling of vacant posts in the educational institutes, recruitment of local people, among other demands.

Official sources said the government was trying its best to hold talks with ATSUM leaders to resolve the crisis.

UNI NS SP SKM1439

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