Imphal, April 19, 2017: Armed miscreants suspected to be hill based militants fired upon a convoy of trucks carrying essential commodities at Kangpokpi inflicting damage to two oil tankers.
Reports said that the convoy was coming from Dimapur and was heading towards Imphal escorted by 109 Battalion CRPF when they were fired upon at Kangpokpi around 5.45 am. The attack reportedly took place at a junction just after crossing the Kangpokpi police station.
Even as there was no report of any human casualty, a diesel tanker (bearing registration no. MN01AA) and petrol tanker (MN01A-A 0802) were hit by bullet resulting in the leakage of oil.
It said the diesel tankers was hit by two bullets while the petrol tankers with three bullets. Soon after the ambush, a combined team of police commandos, Kangpokpi and Senpati police, and Assam Rifles conducted a massive search operation in strategic locations in and around the area.
The search operation was carried out under the supervision of IG (Range-4) and Superintendent of Police Senapati district.
There is no report of any arrest during the operation till the time of filing this report. In connection with the incident, leaders of four transporter associations met with the Chief Minister N Biren Singh at his office chamber.
The transporters drew the attention of the Chief Minister to beef up security along the National Highways particularly NH-2 to prevent similar incident in the future.
“If the fuel had exploded on bullet impact there would have been casualties. We strongly condemn the attack,” T Kipgen, a resident said. Later, the trucks and oil tankers resumed journey towards Imphal.
“A few jeep-loads of CRPF personnel cannot ensure safety to over 600 vehicles along the mountain highway. We had welcomed the government’s plan to deploy Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) and police commandos along the vulnerable spots of the two national highways,” Laishram Chinglen, a driver, said.
“However, the All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM) has strongly objected to it and the government cannot say or do anything,” he added.
Source: Imphal Free Press
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