Transporters lift general strike with govt assurance for heavy security

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IMPHAL, Sept 28: The indefinite Imphal-Moreh road general strike imposed since September 24 evening by the All Manipur Transporters’, Drivers’ and Motor Workers’ Union to mark their protest against the recent incident of damaging several vehicles and injuring of one Tata Sumo driver by economic blockade supporters at Thamnapokpi village on September 23 has been lifted from this evening at 6pm following an official assurance from the state DGP Y. Joykumar Singh.

According to secretary Transporters and Drivers’ Council, Imphal Kullamani Singh, an understanding has been brought between the transporters and the government during a meeting held between the state DGP Y Joykumar and official representatives of Assam Rifles at the official chamber of DGP, Manipur this afternoon with six representatives of the various transporters’ union led by gen. secy. TDC and secretary JAC Imphal-Moreh road transporters association.

He further mentioned that the government has provided assurances on maximum number of their demands, including their demand for compensation of Rs one lakh for the treatment of the Tata Sumo driver who sustained injuries during the September 23 incident at Thamnapokpi village and transfer of the erring OC Tengnoupal.

Further, the state DGP on behalf of the state government during the meeting attended by the SPs concerned of Thoubal and Chandel and officials of Assam Rifles provided an official assurance for ful proof security one time escort for the transporters servicing along the Imphal-Moreh road from tomorrow onwards.

Meanwhile, he also informed that implementation of a new checking system has also been approved during the meeting.

As per the new system, there will be a one time entry and checking of all vehicles which will be bound for Moreh before 9am at Pallel police station and the vehicles will leave Pallel for Moreh at 10 am without further security intervention along the way.

Likewise, for the return journey towards Imphal also there will be only a one time checking at Moreh outpost at 10 am everyday under tight security escort, he added.

He further expressed his gratitude to the womenfolk and volunteers of various local clubs of Kakching and Kakching Lamkhai for their full support during the bandh and further appeal to relax any form of intervention of traffic movement as the union has lifted the indefinite general strike.

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