Vehicles stranded at Senapati, Manipur

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Manipur, IMPHAL, August 10 (NNN): Several passenger buses and goods-laden trucks were stranded near Senapati bazaar along National Highway-2 (Imphal-Dimapur road) on Friday following a traffic shutdown at Senapati by volunteers of Senapati District Students` Association (SDSA) protesting a reported incident of threatening by the rebel Kuki Revolutionary Army (KRA),  according to a police report.

Things began after a minor skirmish was ensued between some members of SDSA who were returning from Imphal and a group of staff of Henbung Check Post at around 5:30 pm yesterday on their way at the security check post, the police report said, adding another group of armed cadres of KRA intervened them and reportedly threatened the SDSA members.

But, The police source did not provide the detail of the incident.

Another source said SDSA leaders who were returning to Senapati district headquarters from Imphal last evening got infuriated to find the check post at Henbung closed.

The SDSA members argued with the taxation officials for closing the check post and a minor scuffle occurred. At that moment the KRA some KRA cadres reportedly joined the pandemonium in favour of the taxation officials of the check post. The KRA cadres reportedly threatened the SDSA members.

Enraged, the SDSA enforced a shut down on all the shops at Senapati bazaar from 11:30 am and blocked the National Highway-2 at the protesting site.

However, the tribal students` body ended its agitation after the SDSA filed and FIR against the taxation officials of the Henbung Check Post.

The market resumed to its normal activities from 2 p.m. onwards and free movement of all the stranded vehicles was also allowed.

Meanwhile, a large number of vehicles, mostly passenger buses and loaded trucks have been stranded near Makru Bridge along Imphal-Jiribam Highway since a sudden collaspe of the bridge has prevented normal vehicular movement.

Reports said repairing work on the bridge is now taking up in full swing to ensure free passage of vehicles along the National Highway 37.

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