Manipur: Inter-state bus services suspended

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Imphal, Nov 14: All inter-state bus services in Manipur were cancelled today fearing attacks by Kuki militants.

Most vehicles also did not leave Imphal yesterday after suspected Kuki Liberation Organisation (KLO/KLA) cadres demanded money from bus operators.

Inter-state bus services had earlier been suspended for long after Kuki militants burned a passenger vehicle at Lahorijan, Assam, on October 23, in which two people were killed.

Passenger bus services operated for six days after the government assured to provide security upto the Manipur border while the army under 3 Corps would provide security in Nagaland and Assam.

The Manipur government also agreed to conduct an enquiry into the incident in which vehicles were attacked in Assam. After the assurance, things normalised.

But the Kuki militants began demanding huge sums of money from the bus operators resulting in the cancellation of services.

Meanwhile, All Manipur Inter-State Bus Association president Buddha Luwang said the suspension of service was not the decision of the association but that of individual bus owners. Mr Luwang added the matter would be discussed by calling all the members of the association.

Due to the cancellation of the bus services people had to make alternative arrangements to go to Nagaland, Meghalaya and Assam by hiring private vehicles. The bus operators have also complained of harassment and illegal extortion by militants and security personnel on National Highway 39 while passing through Nagaland.


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