Oil pumps in Manipur remained closed on Saturday, as they ran out of petrol and diesel.
This follows the 48-hour blockade imposed by the tribal chieftains in Senapati district — through which the NH 39 snakes — demanding that 20 per cent of the district fund shouldn’t be utilised through the Autonomous District Councils.
More than ten drivers were injured, and a 100 trucks and oil tankers damaged in stone-throwing in Senapati district.
The Zeliangrong Students Union, Manipur, on its part, has started an indefinite blockade from Friday morning along the two national highways, in protest against the gunning down of its secretary Chunthuigai Kamei, and another person, Jenao Panmei, on Thursday night at Jiribam.
Another indefinite blockade is planned by the United Naga Council (UNC) demanding “alternative arrangement” for the Nagas in Manipur. The UNC leaders have been saying the Nagas don’t want to stay under the Manipur government.
Bhupendra Ghosh, president of the All Manipur Road Transport Drivers’ and Motor Workers’ Union, told The Hindu that it was surprising that there was no security arrangement in Senapati district during the blockade. The CRPF personnel escorting the trucks did nothing to disperse the troublemakers. Mr. Ghosh demanded compensation for the damaged vehicles and free treatment for the injured drivers. He has submitted memoranda to the government and IOC officials.
However, numerous roadside vendors have been selling petrol at Rs. 200 a litre, and diesel at Rs. 140 per litre.