Imphal, Nov 13: A litre of petrol was selling for Rs 300 in Manipur due to the indefinite economic blockade imposed by the United Naga Council (UNC) against the creation two new districts.
Meanwhile, a move was being made to escort the Manipur-bound loaded trucks and oil tankers stranded at different places in Assam.
The Denial of 48-hour UNC sponsored general strike and the subsequent blockade by the Manipur government stirred the Naga organisations to intensify the agitations. Chief secretary Oinam Nabakishore said, “Some NGOs should not resort to the blockade. We appeal to them to call off the blockade.”
When there was no response, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh said, “Armed policemen are detailed to escort the stranded trucks and oil tankers.”
Women activists have banned the transportation of various items from Imphal to Naga dominated areas of the state. Prices of essential commodities have raised beyond the reach of the people.
People from Jiribam and Sadar Hills areas are exerting pressure on the government to create new districts. This has led to the agitation.