Regional parties call for strike as tension prevails in northeast India's border areas
The tense situation along the Assam-Nagaland border has had an impact on Manipur, as regional parties called for an indefinite economic strike on Tuesday.
The death toll arising out of the violence in these two states has touched nine, said a senior police official.
The affected areas remain tense due to killings in Merapani and Uriamghat of Golaghat District of Assam.
The situation has turned grim in the wake of the deaths of 25-year-old Fosoi Gor and 64-year-old Chintamonee Barhoi in Golaghat District. They were fired at by unidentified persons from the Nagaland side while they were protesting against the kidnapping of two teenagers last week.
Director General of Police (DGP) of Assam Police Khagen Sharma confirmed the recovery of nine dead bodies.
Over 1,000 vehicles, bound for Manipur, and passing through Nagaland, are stranded on National Highway (NH) 39 due to the blockade called by the regional Asom Jatiyabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) and other organizations in protest against the ongoing border violence.
Land-locked Manipur is facing an acute shortage of essential commodities, as thousands of trucks loaded with daily items were stranded on the Guwahati-Dimapur-Imphal portion of NH-39 in Assam.
Petrol pumps remained shut, allowing women hoarders to sell petrol illegally to hundreds of people.
"We have gone through nine relief camps. We have monitored all those medical facilities and their food and safety. They are getting adequate facilities. Somehow, there is something missing. I request the higher authorities to give all the facilities (including petrol) and hope everything will be fine within two-three days," said Hemanta, a resident of Imphal.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had visited the affected areas on Monday, but had to beat a hasty retreat after the local public staged protests against his presence in the area.
(Posted on 20-08-2014)
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