AR check posts on Moreh road to stay until Lokchao bridge ready

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IMPHAL, January 13: The State government will look into the complaints raised by people travelling along the Imphal-Moreh Road that the Tengnoupal AR check post and Khudengthabi AR check post are amounting to daily roadblocks on the highway, stated Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam.

In an exclusive meeting with some media persons at the MPCC office this evening, he said it will be better if people were to submit a formal complaint to the government soon after facing such inconveniences along the road. Anyway, the government has instructed the concerned authorities to convey the grievances faced by the people to the Assam Rifles officials, he added.

`As the road has now become one of the most important routes of the State, the survey on the road alignment of the Imphal-Mandalay International bus service started the day before. The route will be used for cross border trade between the two neighbouring countries. If the passengers and people travelling on the road face inconveniences, it will adversely affect the state`™s policy of connecting with South East Asian countries`, Gaikhangam said.

Some of the passengers and businessmen who routinely travelled on the road have been stopped from entering Moreh by AR personnel at Tengnoupal check post till 10 am while the Khudengthabi AR check post hinders people from leaving Moreh for Imphal after 3 pm. Normally, vehicles are allowed to cross Lokchao Bridge between 10am to 3 pm.

Meanwhile, AR officials have stated that the restrictions will follow until the Lokchao Bridge is fully repaired. This order was issued by the high command of the AR. According to sources, even a Doordarshan team was not allowed to pass the check post.

It further stated that the Lokchao Bridge is repaired by some individual contractors. The restriction has become more stringent from the last three days.

The deputy Chief Minister also termed the allegations made against the Congress government by BJP Manipur Pradesh as unfounded and baseless, adding `his party believes that the people of Manipur will not believe in such wild accusations`.

He was later talking with media persons about the upcoming three-day visit of the National general secretary in-charge and National Secretary in-charge (NER) of the Congress from January 17 to 19.

He further stated that national general secretary in-charge (NER) V Narayan Swami and national secretary in-charge Dr Bidyalaxmi Shardo will kick off a leadership summit for Congress party members at Imphal. The deputy Chief Minister said the leadership summit will be attended by 100 to 200 members. During the meeting, the national leaders will interact with state party leaders and lower district leaders. A national meeting will be held at New Delhi in March this year.

He further stated that allegations made by BJP leaders are like telling 100 lies to make a truth. The allegations are unfounded, untrue and baseless.

People of Manipur are well aware about the past records of the BJP chiefs. People know what they have done earlier in their political careers, he added.

He clarified that no formal report has been received about a raid conducted by State Police Commandos of both the Imphal East and West at the Taphou Kuki area to bust a UG group camp. Reports on the incidents however may arrive later as the combined team is continuing with its raid at the area, he added.

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