Trucks stranded as ATSUM begins economic blockade

Trucks stranded as ATSUM begins economic blockade

TMB Correspondent

Kangpokpi: As the economic blockade as announced by the All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur began on Friday at 6 AM, many trucks ferrying essential commodities were stranded along National Highway 2.

The ATSUM had announced an economic blockade right after its extended total shutdown till 6 AM on Friday. The economic blockade which according to the student body will continue till their demand is met has been endorsed and supported by various tribal bodies in the hill districts.

In Kangpokpi district, several tribal bodies spearheaded by ATSUM’s federating unit, KSO Sadar Hills enforced the economic blockade along the NH-2.

As many as 80/90 trucks ferrying essential commodities were seen stranded along the NH-2 at T. Khullen village in Kangpokpi district while another 20/30 trucks were seen stranded in the old taxation check post at Hengbung village.

Some trucks were already stranded for three days when the emergency shutdown, owing to the arrest of ATSUM leaders, had been imposed along the highway by the tribal bodies from August 2 and the total shutdown of ATSUM from August 3 till Friday morning.

However, schools, markets, and offices are seen coming back to normal since this morning after the extended total shutdown culminated at 6:00 am in the morning while normal traffic has resumed except for loaded trucks.

Empty trucks were seen moving along the highway without any disruption. Despite the report of the ATSUM decision to picket the Government’s offices, no incident of office picketing has been witnessed in the Kangpokpi district.

Meanwhile, ATSUM, KSO-GHQ, and ANSAM have strongly condemned the locking of the ATSUM office at Imphal near Adimjati by a valley-based organisation.

ANSAM General Secretary AC Thotso said that the unwarranted locking of the ATSUM office is very unfortunate and it is a direct challenge to the tribal people of the State.

He continued that the demand of the ATSUM is not against any community in the State but the constitutional rights of the tribals enshrined in the Indian Constitution.

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