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Eco blockade enters 2nd day; hundreds of Nagaland-bound truck stranded in Assam

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Blockade to continue till our demands are met: Transporters

DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 30: Even as Dimapur-based transport unions on Wednesday reportedly agreed to immediately resume operation, transport unions based at Karbi Anglong stated that the economic blockade will continue till their demands are fulfilled.
The indefinite economic blockade imposed by the 5 transport unions entered the 2nd today completely affecting entry of transport vehicles into Dimapur.
Sources from Karbi Anglong told Nagaland Page that more than 500 transport vehicles, including Oil/LPG tankers bound for Nagaland and Manipur, are stranded at different locations in Lahorijan and Khatkhati due to the economic blockade.
However, vehicles transporting goods for the Army have been allowed to enter Naglaand, sources said.
A transport union member based at Karbi Anglong said the economic blockade has been intensified from Wednesday and will continue till their demands are met.
“The Government of Nagaland has not responded to our demands,” he said, adding they will not withdraw blockade.
When pointed out that the Dimapur-based transport unions in a meeting with DCCI today has resolved to resume operation, another member of the transporters union at Karbi Anglong told Nagaland Page that since the economic blockade has been imposed in Assam side, it is going to continue till their demands are fulfilled.
He also claimed that they are still getting support from Dimapur-based transport unions and there is no question of lifting the blockade unless the Government of Nagaland fulfills their demand.
Five transport unions had imposed the indefinite economic blockade after the Government of Nagaland failed to respond to their ultimatum demanding compensation to the family of truck driver, Jiten Gogoi, killed on September 22 at Dimapur and also safety of truckers.
On Tuesday, while launching the economic blockade at Lahorijan, transporters had highlighted how truckers are being harassed when they enter Dimapur and how they have to pay tax to various underground groups.
Even though the Dimapur Police have assured to provide armed police escorts to trucks entering Nagaland, the transporters refused to send the vehicles to Dimapur.
(Page News Service)

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