Violence in Jiribam: Stranded trucks move amid tight security in Manipur

Imphal: As the situation in Jiribam has started to improve, a total of 160 trucks have started transporting goods from Jiribam to Imphal, while around 440 trucks are still stuck on the National Highway-37, officials said on Saturday.

As a result of the ethnic violence between the two communities that claimed the life of a Meitei man, approximately 100 houses have been burned in the period since June 6, 2024.

This also resulted in the stoppage of transportation of all vehicles on NH-37.

However, 160 fully loaded trucks left Imphal under the heavy security escort of the state and central forces on Saturday.

The remaining trucks with adequate safety measures would resume their services, the officials said.

The violence that started on June 6 resulted in these vehicles being stranded at many places along NH-37, especially in Noney, Khongsang, Irang and Jiribam areas.

In this prevailing situation, M Anil Meitei, general secretary of All Manipur Road Transport Drivers and Motor Workers’ Union, appealed to the government to take effective measures for safe movement of stranded trucks to Imphal and vice versa and also to to provide a security escort. for his safe passage.

The mendicant state of Manipur is heavily dependent on imports of food and other essentials from outside the state.

The state has two lifelines: NH 37 and NH 102 Imphal-Dimapur.

According to police reports on Saturday, the movement of 232 vehicles along NH-102 carrying essential items has been assured.

Strict security measures are taken at all vulnerable locations and a safety convoy is deployed on sensitive routes to ensure free and safe movement of the vehicles.