- Vehicles rush to Karbi Anglong for petrol, diesel
- PAC appeals for release of abducted drivers
Dimapur, April 30: Hundreds of vehicles from Nagaland are rushing to neighbouring Karbi Anglong to fill their tanks after all petrol pumps closed down since Sunday midnight in response to the call by the petroleum transporters and retailers in Nagaland for a state-wide indefinite strike.
While the petrol pumps in Dimapur and elsewhere in Nagaland wore a deserted look with only one or two staff present, the scene at the petrol pumps at Lahorijan, Khatkhai and Bokajan were quite opposite as vehicles from Dimapur rushed to get their tanks filled.
After the abduction of a petrol tanker driver, Tularam Buragohain and his handyman, Adman Surin on April 22 last from New Helipong village in Tuensang district, the Kohima Petrol Pump Dealers Association, the Dimapur Petrol Pump Dealers Association, the Nagaland Tanker Transport Association and Oil Tanker Drivers Union, Dimapur had given a 48-hour ultimatum to the State Government on April 27 last to facilitate the release of the abducted driver and handyman.
However, with the Government failing to secure the release of the abducted drivers on the expiry of the deadline, the associations went ahead with their indefinite strike.
Sources said that till Monday evening, there have been no news about the whereabouts of the abducted persons and who had abducted them and why.
Following the closure of the petrol pumps, people rushed to Lahorijan, Khatkhati and Bokajan in Karbi Anglong to buy petrol and diesel and till Monday evening a long queue of vehicles were seen in all petrol pumps in neighbouring Karbi Anglong. However, most of the people were disappointed as the stock in at least the two nearest petrol pumps from Dimapur got over by 4 p.m. forcing the vehicle owners to move towards other petrol pumps in search of petrol and diesel.
The longest queue and rush was witnessed at a petrol pump in Lahorijan where hundreds of vehicle stood even on the highway for hours to fill up its tanks.
Most of the oil tankers bound for Nagaland were also seen stranded in Karbi Anglong following the strike.
Sources said that the strike would continue till the abducted persons are released unharmed.
Meanwhile, the Nagaland Government has also appealed to the abductors to release the two abducted persons on humanitarian ground.
The Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the Nagaland Government held a meeting today on the issue and appealed to the abductors of the driver and handyman to immediately release the two on humanitarian grounds to maintain peaceful atmosphere in the State.
An official release issued by PAC member secretary and Chief Secretary Temjen Toy said the state machineries are also making all efforts to ensure safe return of the two persons.
“The Political Affairs Committee issues this appeal on humanitarian ground so as to maintain peaceful atmosphere in the State,” it said.
In the meantime, the district administrations of Dimapur and Kohima have called a meeting with the petrol pump dealers in Dimapur on Tuesday and at Kohima on Wednesday. (Page News Service)