Imphal, Aug 22:
A day after COTU (Committee on Tribal Unity) re-imposed Blockade on both highways connecting Manipur with the rest of India, 171 trucks, ferrying essential commodities have been safely escorted to Imphal, a report said.
A report quoting police source said that the 171 trucks with essential items were transported through NH 37 (Imphal-Jiribam) road.
However, the roadblocks on NH-2, which links Imphal with Nagaland’s Dimapur, by the tribal outfit continued.
COTU reimposed blockades at a few places on NH 2 in Kangpokpi and NH 37 in Tamenglong district, demanding adequate supplies of essential commodities to Kuki-Zo communities in hill areas of Manipur.
Police had taken up strict security measures in all vulnerable locations and security convoy is provided in sensitive stretches to ensure free and safe movement of vehicles.
A report said that six people have been arrested in connection with an incident of arson in which four abandoned houses and a community hall were burnt in Imphal West a day before, while arms and ammunition were seized during search operations across several districts, the police said.
A police report said, “In the intervening night of August 20 and 21, unknown miscreants set on fire four abandoned houses, one hut, and one community hall at Langol, Imphal West district. Six people have been arrested in connection with the arson.
“Search operations were conducted by security forces in the fringe and vulnerable areas of Imphal West and East, Thoubal, Kakching, Churachandpur, Tengnoupal Kangpokpi, and Bishnupur districts.
“Seven arms and 81 ammunitions were recovered from Imphal East, Kangpokpi, and Tengnoupal districts.
A total of 129 checkpoints were installed in different districts of Manipur, both in the hills and the valley, and the police detained 1,369 people for violating laws across the state.