Imphal: As one travels along the national highway in Manipur inhabited by two rivals tribal groups, the Kukis and the Nagas, one can glimpse the armature of burnt trucks on the roadside with protestors implementing an economic blockade that entered its 99th day Monday.
Manipur Government Spokesman N Biren Singh said that all the petrol pumps in the state have gone dry except one. Just, one petrol pump has stock, but it will supply petrol and diesel only to school buses and school vans, official sources said.
It’s a near-anarchy-like condition with hospitals running out of oxygen cylinders and life-saving drugs, whereas stocks of all essentials, baby food and petroleum products are almost drying up.
Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh had said at a public function yesterday that he will do something about the blockade but did not elaborate.
Prices of all necessary commodities have gone up due to the blockade. However, government sources say some interval is on the way as an alternative route has been worked out for the supplies to come in.
The Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC) had launched the economic blockade Aug 1 on two national highways, Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati (NH 39) and Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar (NH53) to press their demand for conversion of the Kuki tribal majority Sadar Hills area into a full-fledged district.