Amid ongoing tensions in the northeastern state of Manipur, supplies to the Imphal Valley were cut off due to roadblocks and consequent fear among transporters. As a consequence, the state of essential supplies in the state was dwindling and beginning to reach critical levels. To tackle the situation, Indian Army and Assam Rifles has now stepped in to assure protection to vehicles carrying essential goods to and from Imphal.
On May 15, a convoy of 28 vehicles including trucks, fuel tankers, JCB carrying rice, sugar, pulses and fuel moved under the escort of CRPF and Manipur Police from Noney to Imphal. According to Indian Army, Prophylactic domination of the area was provided by Assam Rifles to ensure safe passage of the convoy which reached Imphal safely by afternoon.
In addition, monitoring was also ensured through unmanned aerial vehicles, according to Indian Army officials. Approximately 100 vehicles were moved on May 16 and 17. Security Forces remain committed to restoring normalcy and the commencement of movement of the vehicles on NH 37 is another step towards normalcy in Manipur.
#AssamRifles in #Manipur evacuated 96 stranded people, rehabilitated in AR Camps, since 04 May,— PRO, Kohima & Imphal, Ministry of Defence (@prodefkohima) May 15, 2023
from Phaisenjang, in the vicinity of the Indo-Myanmar Border, in Chandel District on 15 May 2023.@SpokespersonMoD @Spearcorps @official_dgar @PIBImphal @NBirenSingh @DiprManipur pic.twitter.com/XLFph5e5DH
The Army conducted ground and aerial surveillance, and ensured beefing up essential supplies.
"Together for Peace in #Manipur"— SpearCorps.IndianArmy (@Spearcorps) May 18, 2023
Movement of vehicles on NH 37 commenced from 15 May. The same ensured beefing up of essential supplies,levels of which were gradually dwindling. #IndianArmy & #AssamRifles are committed to safe move through troops on ground & aerial surveillance pic.twitter.com/AEpll2ayaI
On May 16, and 17, as many as 100 vehicles moved and security forces remained committed to restoring normalcy. “Approximately 100 vehicles were moved on 16 and 17 May. Security Forces remain committed to restoring normalcy and the commencement of movement of the vehicles on NH 37 is another step towards normalcy in Manipur,” informed Indian Army officials. Earlier on Wednesday, Assam Rifles facilitated civil administration in the supply of LPG gas cylinders.
“Assam Rifles continue to render assistance in the trying times and arranged collection of 1,836 cylinders from Sekmai Bottling Plant, Imphal West District and delivered them to Indane Gas Agency distributor at Churachandpur district. Security forces provided administrative assistance for moving, collecting and distributing LPG cylinders in Manipur," said Assam Rifles.
Earlier on Monday, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah assured that a joint monitoring committee along with the Army and state police will jointly inspect the relief camps in the violence-hit state and immediate action will be taken to restore the normalcy in the state.
Addressing a press conference, N Biren Singh said, “We briefed the Home Minister in detail about the present developments in the state of Manipur. Union Home Minister Amit Shah assured that his priority will be Manipur and efforts are underway to restore normalcy in the violence-hit state.”
The timely intervention of Hon'ble HM Shri Amit Shah Ji and the rapid deployment of @official_dgar (AR) , @RAFCRPF (Rapid Action force) , @crpfindia , @BSF_India have been immensely helpful in controlling the situation in Manipur. I'm thankful to HM @AmitShah Ji for his…— N.Biren Singh (@NBirenSingh) May 8, 2023