Manipur protests: LPG now costs Rs 2000; petrol @ Rs140/ltr

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New Delhi, Sept 30: With commodity prices shooting up the roof, Manipur is experiencing its worst period when an LPG cylinder is costing a whopping Rs 2000 and a litre of petrol is selling at Rs 140. The place is on a complete standstill after protesting tribals blocked highways.

The tribal groups have been protesting since the last three months and Friday saw the protests entering the 61st day. With the essential commodities not coming to the state, even medical and other essential items have been affected. The two most important highways, the Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati (NH-39) and Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar (NH-53) have been blocked by the tribals.

The protests have been going on at villages of Saikul, Gaipifang, Keithelmanbi, Saparmeina, Kangpokpi, Henbung and Laikot, revealed reports. The Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC) is demanding the conversion of Kuki-majority Sadar Hills area in Naga-majority Senapati district into a full-fledged revenue district.

The SHDDC had launched an indefinite economic blockade since Aug 1 on the Manipur portions of NH-39 and NH-53, while United Naga Council (UNC) also launched a counter blockade from the middle of Aug against it.

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