Sadar Hills continue to burn while trucks, buses arrive through alternative routes

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IMPHAL, August 7: Sadar Hills continue to burn as general strike supporters in demand of a separate full fledged Sadar Hills district set ablaze four more government offices and a godown used by the deputy inspector of school, Saitu, Gamphazol since yesterday night.

According to official sources, strike supporters set ablaze the godown belonging to the deputy inspector of school, Siatu, Gamphajol and the office of the deputy director Tribal Development, situated at Saparmeina were set ablaze this afternoon at around 1pm.

The offices were extensively damage during the arson, said the sources.

The sources further informed that the strike supporters also set ablaze the veterinary hospital situated at Thangkandphai Siakul and old SDO office building-Saikul late last night at around 11:30 pm.

Meanwhile, 164 loaded trucks including 12 passenger buses have reached Imphal at around 6 pm today evening under heavy security arrangement. 

According to an official source, 131 loaded trucks have arrived into the state capital along the the NH-37 (formerly NH-53) this evening at around 6:30 pm amidst a blanket of state security forces including cdo, IRB and MR teams.

The loaded trucks include carriers of essential commodities including rice, pulses, petrol tankers, etc.

Meanwhile, another 33 vehicles including 12 interstate passenger buses have also arrived at Imphal by passing through the Imphal-Jessami Road (NH-150) this evening.

An official source has maintained that the vehicles arriving along the Imphal-Jessami Road (NH-150) had started off from Senapati HQ yesterday morning, after being stranded at Senapati HQ since August 2.

According to official sources, the personnel of Manipur Rifles, Manipur Police Commando and other central forces escorted the vehicles however, there has been no reports of any untoward incident during the arrival of the trucks through both ways.

The indefinite general strike which has followed the economic blockade call of the Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee demanding a separate Sadar Hills district has left the main lifeline of the state, NH-2 completely inaccessible, with goods laden trucks and inter-state passenger buses left stranded at Senapati while coming into the state.

It may be mentioned that the Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee had rejected an invitation from the state government for negotiations, as it had decided to give any room for negotiation unless their demand for a separate district is met with.

Meanwhile, at least six security personnel of an escort party of the trucks coming into Imphal along the National Highway-37 (NH-53) were injured in a road mishap at Seijang village.

The personnel belong to the 2MR and included an escort commander.

According to information received by the media persons, the incident occurred this afternoon around 1:30 pm when the gypsy on which the personnel were traveling lost control and plunged into a gorge after crossing a bridge near Seijang village.

The sources informed that the security personnel were escorting the goods laden trucks plying along the NH-37.

The victims has been identified as Warchungthang, 48, s/o Somanglian of Pallel, Lalkhojen, 47, s/o (L) Sankholian of Churachandpur (head constable 2MR), Makanmi, 35, s/o (L) Aphang of Ukhrul, Jamkholen, 28, s/o Chengkholet of M. Sogin village, Phaomei Akin, 33, s/o Thambaljao Phaomei of Majorkhul (escort commander) and Aimson Keishing, 48, s/o Wiasom Keishing of Wangpura Khunou.

Further according to the source, two of the injured are reported to be serious and all six has been evacuated to the RIMS hospital for treatment.

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