IMPHAL, August 17: In the morning of August 16 convoy of IOCL /bullet LPG vehicles which was being escorted by CRPF was stopped at Mao by supporters of Senapati District Village Chief Association (SDVCA) in protest against the government of Manipur decision to allocate 25 percent of funds under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) to the district council in Senapati, stated a release of the Commandant-109 BN CRPF.
According to the release, on receipt of such information DIG of CRPF, Imphal Range B.D. Das, after discussing the matter with IG ( L & 0 ) rushed the Commandant of 109 BN Premjit Singh along with Sh. R.V. Philip, DC of 69 BN CRPF to the spot. CRPF officials had negotiated with the mob and representatives of SDVCA.
During the negotiation Coy commander of N32 BN CRPF deployed at Mao, local SDO and OC were also present. 120 vehicles were stranded along with escort vehicles of CRPF. So after a lot of negotiation and persuasion, by CRPF officers the vehicles were allowed to move further, it said.
But when the vehicles start moving some miscreant pelted stones on the vehicles from the height near road in between Mao and Tadubi in which vehicles bearing the registration numbers of Manipur were selectively targeted and wind screen/window panes of 40 such vehicles were broken, however vehicles having the registration number of Nagaland were not attack, it further said.
Oil tank of one vehicle was also damaged as some big boulder was thrown on it and 4000 litres of Diesel leaked out from it. Because of this convoy which was supposed to reach at one pm could only reach in Imphal after 8 pm, it added.