During a rally on August 30 at Ukhrul two persons died in police firing and the last rites were performed yesterday at Ukhrul district.
Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh has announced Rs 5 lakhs ex gratia for the two victims and reimbursement of the treatment of those injured. The blockade is likely to continue until the Union government intervenes and negotiates. People of Manipur went on panic buying after hearing the news of the blockade.
The traders have also suddenly hiked prices of essential commodities. Price of potato reached Rs 40 per kg, onion Rs 45, rice Rs 40 (superfine). Most of the oil depots did not supply petroleum products. Long queues were seen in front of the oil depot which were opened.
The state had yet to experience normalcy due to the stopping of vehicles coming to Manipur due to the crisis in Assam and Nagaland border. Transporters' union had also urged the state government to arrange supply of goods through Imphal Jiribam highway sector as vehicles were often hijacked and drivers kidnapped at Nagaland areas.
Manipur residents often demand complete stoppage of stir on national highways as the state is landlocked and only two highways connect it to the rest of the world.
Besides people are scared of United Naga Council related blockade as it has a track record of imposing blockade for months resulting in unprecedented crisis in the state.