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Supply of essential commodities hit in Mizoram as blockade enters third day

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Supply of essential commodities hit in Mizoram as blockade enters third day

Aizawl, June 8: The supply of essential commodities in Mizoram has been hit as the blockade on NH 54 by JAC of NGOs and student bodies in Mizoram-Assam border district of Kolasib entered third consecutive day today.

Many business shops in Aizawl are facing scarcity of essential commodities.

Sources said that over 350 vehicles, including supply truck and passengers vehicles, are stranded along the national highway.

The state government issued an order to all the filling stations to ration oil to the vehicles and prohibited purchase of petrol with containers. Long queues of vehicles were seen at various filling stations in Aizawl as the vehicle owners and drivers anticipated shortage of fuel due to the blockade.

The people of Kolasib are protesting against the transfer of Dr. Zothansanga Zadenga, the surgeon from Kolasib district hospital without a replacement.

The indefinite road block has been imposed since Tuesday to pressurize the government into revoking the transfer order.

Apart from the national highway, the JAC also blocked Serkhan-Bhaga raod and Mamit to Bairabi road.

No violence

There was not report of untoward incident till the third day.

Kolasib MLA PC Zoram Sangliana on Wednesday went to Kolasib and held meeting with the JAC leaders. The meeting held at circuit house, however, went off without concrete agreement, sources said.

“Meanwhile, JAC leaders said that they have been waiting for the decision of the cabinet meeting held on Thursday and said that the blockade would continue till positive response is received from the government.

The 850 km NH-54 from Assam’s Silchar to Tuipang in Siaha district is considered Mizoram’s lifeline. The blockade, if prolonged, the entire Mizoram could face scarcity of essential commodities as most of goods are transported into the landlocked state through this national highway.

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Co-Editor, Zoramobserver.com. Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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