The Manipur government on Tuesday cautioned the public against unauthorised blocking of National Highways, State Highways and other district roads in the state.
An order issued by deputy commissioner, Imphal East Khumanthem Diana Devi stated that unauthorised blocking of highways and roads for any purpose causing gave inconvenience to the general public as well as vehicles plying on the roads are punishable offences under Section 8B of the National Highways Act, 1956 read with Section 283 of IPC and Section 133 of CrPc 1973.
It informed all those concerned to refrain from indulging in any activities in any such acts failing which they will be liable to be punished under the said Act.
It may be stated that protesting by blocking roads, staging sit-ins or bringing traffic to a standstill has been a common phenomenon in the state especially during the prevailing conflict.
Meanwhile, multiple roadside monetary collections have been seen in National, State and district roads by citizens in the respective areas to support the victims of the prevailing conflict as well as those in the frontline.
Even though the donations are being carried out to raise funds to support and assist the victims and village volunteers, there are reported cases of causing inconveniences to commuters especially those in healthcare and emergency services.