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Reporters protest unavailability of fuel

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Imphal, Nov 14:  Reporters belonging to various print and electronic media under the aegis of the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) in the state today staged protest in front of Manipur Press Club here in Imphal against artificial fuel scarcity in the state.
“It is artificial because they are intentionally not solving the issue of UNC which has been imposing indefinite economic blockade along the two National Highways”, said a reporter.
“Almost all petrol outlets has been closed, and still many black marketers are selling it at the rate of Rs. 250 to Rs. 300 per litre”, another report said.
He further added that we cannot afford to buy the petrol the price being sold by the black marketers.
Reporters are usually assigned to collect news from various places and the task assigned to them is impossible if there is no fuel and buying it triples the price is unaffordable.
During today’s protest placards demanding the Home Ministry to arrange adequate security escort for transportation of fuel as well as appeal to the UNC to lift the economic blockade has been used.
If the situation continues, it is likely the reporters stop covering news events in the next few days, said a reporter.

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