Suspected economic blockade supporters pelted stones at loaded trucks late Tuesday evening which were heading towards Imphal with security escorts along National Highway-2 in Senapati district, according to reports received.
Official reports said that around 100 loaded vehicles stranded at Mao Gate due to the economic blockade sponsored by All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM) and its federating units were escorted back to Imphal by personnel of the state police commandos late last night. The reports said that while the loaded vehicles were crossing Senapati district headquarters unknown persons suspected to be supporters of the ongoing blockade pelted stones. In the incident, windshields of some trucks were shattered. However, there were no reports of inflicting injuries to the truckers, the reports added.
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The reports further said around 80 vehicles coming from other states with essential commodities reached Imphal on Tuesday, around 8 pm. The reports further said that around 200 loaded trucks have left Mao Gate for Imphal with security escorts early today morning. There were no reports of any untoward incident related to the blockade while the vehicles were crossing Senapati and Kangpokpi districts till the time of filing of this report.
All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM), All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM), Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) and federating units of ATSUM are imposing the indefinite economic blockade. They are imposing the blockade pressing the state government to convene a special session of the state Assembly and discuss Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Councils Bill-2021, a new bill to replace the existing ADC bill, recommended by the Hill Areas Committee (HAC) of the Manipur Legislative Assembly.
The blockade, commenced from the midnight of November 22, has been disrupting normal transprtation of essential commodities in the landlocked state of Manipur.