Due to CoTU blockade, 300 trucks stranded near Nagaland border

Due to CoTU blockade, 300 trucks stranded near Nagaland border

Imphal: 300 trucks laden with essential commodities are stuck in Lairou area of ​​Manipur’s Senapati district, bordering Nagaland, due to an indefinite blockade by the Committee of Tribal Unity (COTU), a powerful tribal outfit.

Mendicant Manipur has been heavily dependent on essential commodities imported from mainland India for the past several years.
Trucks loaded with goods have been stuck in Lairou since August 18. Even after 12 days, the government has not sent any security personnel to protect them or take them to Imphal.
Due to the hardships faced by the drivers and handymen, they are getting sick.
COTU, Sadar Hills, Kangpokpi district of Manipur had on August 17 given an ultimatum to the state government that NH-2 Imphal-Dimapur and NH-37 Imphal-Silchar along NH-2 Imphal-Dimapur if essential commodities fail to reach Kuki-Zo. The highway should be blocked again areas include Churachandpur, Tengnoupal, Chandel and Kangpokpi districts.
In response to the blockade, the state government has informed that an alternative supply chain has been set up for the delivery of essential commodities to Kuki-Zo populated areas, especially in Churachandpur district.
Due to the disruption in the Imphal-Dimapur supply chain, the goods will be transported through Silchar and Aizawl.
Transportation of essential commodities from Imphal to Churachandpur will also be done from August 28 with the support of Indian Army, CAPF and Assam Rifles.

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