Manipur shuts down oil pumps in protest of assault on drivers
All oil pumps in Manipur were shut down on Monday morning by the Association of All Oil Retailers in response to a call from oil and gas tanker drivers.
The sudden closure of the oil pumps caused inconvenience to people who had to buy petrol and diesel at exorbitant prices from roadside traders.
105 gas and petrol tankers arriving from Assam were recently attacked. The drivers were also brutally beaten by young members of the tribe, who had been indefinitely blocked following an impact incident along the Kangpokpi district along NH 2 on 21 January. Drivers said they transported fuel from Assam to Manipur without knowing about the blockade.
Drivers claim that police and Central Reserve police officers who accompanied the tankers were standing nearby as silent spectators. Drivers and others are demanding the arrest of attackers, compensation for damaged tankers and the care of injured drivers.
From January 21, an indefinite blockade was imposed by people in the district demanding the arrest of a driver involved in a January 19 clash that killed one person, Paokhosei Chonglloi. Police said criminal proceedings have already been initiated and an investigation is underway to detain the driver. A warning was issued in neighboring countries, as it was very likely that the car had arrived in Manipur from there.
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