Imphal: A driver was injured and damages were caused to more than a dozen of trucks including oil tankers and bullet tankers (bulk LPG carriers) after Imphal-bound good ferry trucks were attacked by miscreants along NH-37 (Imphal-Jiribam road) on Sunday.
Official reports said that as many as 243 goods-laden trucks including 74 oil tankers and bullet tankers stranded at Jiribam district were escorted back to Imphal by a strong combined force of Manipur police, CRPF and Central paramilitary forces.
The vehicles arrived in Imphal today in the afternoon.
While moving with the security escorts, police said that the trucks were attacked by miscreants while passing through the Kuki dominated areas along the highway between Kotlien and Keithelmanbi under Kangpokpi district.
The miscreants attacked the vehicles allegedly using catapults and pelting stones, the police also said.
In the attacks, the driver of an oil tanker sustained injuries after he was hit by slingshots on his head.
Windshields of at least 13 vehicles – eight trucks carrying essential commodities and five bullet tankers – were also damaged in the attacks, the police further said.
The trucks were stranded at Jiribam and its adjoining areas since May 3 last, the day violence clashes broke out in the state.
Meanwhile, around 216 empty trucks including oil tankers have left Imphal for Jiribam and other places to ferry essential items today with heavy security escorts, a source said.
Meanwhile, loaded trucks stranded in Senapati district after residents of Kangpokpi district imposed blockade along NH-2 (Imphal-Dimapur Road) are yet to be brought back to Imphal.
Over one hundred goods-laden trucks are still stranded at various places in Senapati district along NH-2 as an attempt to bring back the vehicles by the security forces a few days ago went in vain, sources said.
Security advisor to Manipur chief minister Kuldiep Singh, in a media briefing on Saturday, said that efforts were put in place to bring back the stranded vehicles.
The security advisor had informed that he would soon visit Kangpokpi to hold talks with the leaders of the civil society organizations there.