Road blockade hits prices of essential commodities in Manipur.

Road blockade in ManipurImphal: Prices of essentials have shot up 2 to 3 times in Manipur as a 50-day-old protest road blockade of crucial national highways in the state is preventing vital goods from reaching the north-eastern state, officials said here Monday.

According to official reports, the Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC) began an indistinct road blockade agitation Aug 1 for upgrading Sadar Hills sub-division in the Naga-dominated Senapati district in northern Manipur into a full-fledged district.

The United Naga Council (UNC), the apex body of Nagas in Manipur, has also been organising irregular protests in all Naga-inhabited areas in northern Manipur, demanding that these areas should not be engraved out without their consent.

Blockade supporters have since Saturday set on fire at least 10 Imphal-bound trucks, including 2 carrying medicines, at Nungkao village in the hill district of Tamenlong, 215 km west of Imphal, a food department official said.

The official said the blockades have created a stern shortage of necessary commodities, including diesel and petrol.

Manipur’s Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution N. Biren Singh told reporters the government was trying to move basics and fuel through trucks with security escorts.

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh met union Home Minister P. Chidambaram in New Delhi lately and discussed the situation.

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