IMPHAL, March 20: Manipur was in a state of arrest for 140 days, trucks and oil tankers which were stranded arrived in Imphal after the ongoing economic blockade by Naga groups was lifted.
The trucks and tankers moved into Imphal along National Highways No.2 and No.37 without any armed escorts.
O. Ramesh, a trucker while speaking to newsmen said that he was stranded for over 10 days at Jiribam, adjoining Assam. “Officials select trucks for proceeding towards Imphal on the basis of the goods they are transporting. I was not allowed to move since the iron rods in my truck were not a top priority.” added Ramesh
Newly elected Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh hailed the withdrawal of the blockade. “We are happy that the economic blockade is lifted. It was one of the pre-poll pledges of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). We hope that there will be no more blockade in the state.”
Former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh also welcomed the blockade lifting.
The blockade imposed by the United Naga Council (UNC) since November 1 was lifted from Sunday midnight.
The decision was taken following an agreement reached during a tripartite talk on Sunday involving two UNC constituents — All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM) and Naga Women Union (NWU) — and representatives of the central and Manipur governments.
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