NH blocked as public demand release of alleged NSCN (IM) cadre, about 50 trucks stranded.
At least 50 trucks loaded with goods headed for the state capital are said to be stranded before Mao Gate after a public blocked the National Highway, protesting and demanding release of an alleged cadre of NSCN (IM) arrested by Assam Rifles.
According to source, 34th Assam Rifles arrested a cadre of the NSCN (IM) early Saturday morning around 4:00 from Khrokho village situation between Mao Gate and Nagaland.
The arrested individual has been identified as Salew Hepuni (40), S/o Salew Mao of Songsong Village, Mao Gate. He has been taken to Bn H/Q.
Following the arrest, people from Mao, Maram stormed the gate of Assam Rifles and demanded the release of the man, terming him innocent. They also blocked the National Highway.
The protesters held placards with slogans such as “Assam Rifles Enemy’s of the Hill People” and “We demand Immediate Release of the Civilian”.
The protesters stated that they will continue blocking the Highway until Salew Hepuni is released.
Following the blockade, a large number of vehicles coming towards Manipur, including about 50 goods trucks are said to be stranded.