400 lorries get it to Imphal while ATSUM’s environmental blockade continues.

Over 400 goods-laden trucks that had become stranded along National Highway-2 (Imphal-Dimapur route) as a result of an indefinite economic blockade called by the All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) arrived in Imphal on Sunday night, escorted by the state security forces, without encountering any disruption along the key supply route of land-locked Manipur. The ATSUM has imposed an economic blockade in the hill districts since Friday to push for the demand of tabling the Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council (ADC) Bill 2021, recommended by the Hill Areas Committee (HAC), in the recently concluded monsoon session of the state assembly. During the agitation, many fuel stations in the twin capital districts of Imphal West and Imphal East ran dry and remained closed on Monday, even as people made beelines However, they were unable to agree on anything. After attending the 7th Niti Aayog governing body meeting at the cultural center of Rastrapati Bhavan on Sunday, Chief Minister N Biren Singh returned to Imphal and held a series of meetings on the current impasse. Biren took to Facebook to announce his activities, writing, “After returning from Delhi last night, I have been holding a series of meetings regarding the prevailing situation in the hills and national highways, till early morning today.”

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