Imphal, Feb. 16: Twelve Silchar-bound trucks loaded with scrap iron are stranded near the 32 Assam Rifles post at Keithelmanbi along the Imphal-Jiribam highway for the past three days.
The truck drivers today said personnel manning the post, 14 km from Imphal, had “refused” them passage if each of them failed to fork out Rs 2,000. The vehicles are now parked at Aang Khunou, not very far from the post. Assam Rifles spokesman Col L.M. Pant declined comment.
Members of the All Manipur Road Transport Drivers and Motor Workers Union today apprised director-general of police Yumnam Joykumar Singh of the matter. He said the state government would take up the matter with Assam Rifles. The drivers threatened to launch a strike on the Imphal-Kohima and Imphal-Jiribam highways if the matter was not resolved soon.
Meanwhile, owners of petrol and diesel retail outlets heaved a sigh of relief today as supplies resumed.
Tanker drivers under the banner of the All Manipur Petroleum Tanker Drivers’ Union have suspended their services since Wednesday alleging harassment by the Imphal office of the oil division. They have been demanding transfer of the IOC’s Imphal depot manager and marketing officer, Amar Jyoti Bordoloi.
The IOC has warned that if fuel supply was not resumed immediately, the transporters will face action for violating their agreement with the company.
The IOC’s warning came after an appeal by food and civil supplies minister Y. Erabot Singh to resume services immediately, was rejected by the tanker drivers’ union at a meeting yesterday. Erabot Singh assured them that the state government would look into their grievances.