The Kuki Statehood Demand Committee (KSDC) has started an indefinite “public blockade” demanding creation of a State out of Manipur.

All these years Kukis and Nagas have been imposing economic blockades every now and then seeking either power supply or telephone service.

Earlier, it meant trucks transporting commercial items to Imphal from other States were not allowed to pass through villages along highways. But this time a new terminology — public blockade — is used. It may mean that even private cars and scooters would not be allowed to ply on national and state highways.

Armed escorts

KSDC Secretary Benjamin Mate told journalists that there was no overture from the Government ahead of the imposition of the public blockade.

KSDC information secretary George Gangte said preparations were in place for a protracted agitation.

Soon after the imposition of the blockade, prices of all commodities went up.

Top police officers said armed escorts were being provided along highways. Reports say that several trucks were stranded at Mao and Senapati along Highway 39 and Noney and Jiribam along Highway 37.

There are several oil tankers among stranded vehicles.