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Imphal-bound trucks leave Jiribam sans petroleum tankers

Petroleum tankers remain stranded in Jiribam as their owners refuse to assume responsibilities.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 20 Jun 2024, 4:36 am

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A convoy of 74 goods-laden trucks, escorted by the central reserve police force (CRPF), departed for Imphal from Jiribam, Manipur on NH-37 on Tuesday around 6.30 am.

The convoy was led by 69th Bn. A-Coy CRPF AC Dineshchandra Mangang.

Notably, the convoy was stopped by Kuki women folks on Monday, blocking the passage at Tatbung under Keiphundai Police Station in Tamenglong district.

After a meeting was convened on Monday, the convoy left Jiribam for Imphal on Tuesday.

As per sources, the 74 trucks included, 44 trucks carrying FCI products, 18 cement trucks, five fertilizer trucks, one truck carrying biscuits, one truck carrying JIM materials, three trucks carrying plastics and new cars headed towards Imphal.

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However, the petroleum tankers remain stranded in Jiribam as their owners refuse to assume responsibilities.

It may be mentioned that DC Jiribam Krishnakumar, SP M. Pradip, 39-AR CO Akash and CO 69-CRPF A-Coy visited the Kuki women at Phaitol, following the blockade at Tatbung along NH-37.

Later, DC, DIG Range-3 Ningshen Worngam, CO 39-AR and CO 69-CRPF along with president of All Jiribam Road Transport Union, N Sadananda, CSOs of Jiribam and Jiribam women folks convened a joint meeting at SP Jiribam office.  

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During the meeting, CO Akash brought to light the issue of Meitei preventing Kukis from entering Jiribam Market for shopping.

However, N Sadananda refuted the accusation, claiming that Kuki concocted the story.

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He asserted that no Meitei have restricted Kukis from entering Jiribam Market, rather, Kukis cannot enter due to their own mistakes.

Meanwhile, drivers of oil tankers and bullet tankers have initiated a ‘quit steering’ strike, demanding the implementation of an agreement between the government and IOCL. They state that the authorities have failed to deploy adequate security (ROP) along NH-37.

The drivers also stated that they are committed to withholding the transportation services until the indefinite blockade enforced by Kuki women is lifted.

The drivers also recalled the ambush on oil and LPG gas tankers which occurred on April 16, along NH-37, Imphal to Jiribam road, resulting in sustaining injuries to various drivers.

After compromising with the government and IOCL, drivers resume their transportation along the highway from April 23.

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IFP Bureau

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IMPHAL, Manipur

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