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MIPRL blockade lifted, supplies back to normal
MIPRL blockade lifted, supplies back to normal

Agartala, September 28 (TIWN): Essential commodities largely resumed normal supplies today as the Movement for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Livelihood (MIPRL) has suspended its ongoing indefinite economic blockade.

The blockade was lifted from Saturday afternoon itself. Trucks carrying foodgrains, constriction materials and other essential commodities to the state, however, could resume operation from Sunday morning.

The MIPRL in a statement mentioned that they are suspending agitations owing to the violence that erupted in Jaintia Hills where two people lost their lives and at the same time mentioned that they have considered suspending the indefinite blockade keeping in mind the upcoming Durga Puja celebrations.

The vice-chairman of MIPRL Erwin Syiem Sutgna said that the decision to suspend the agitation was taken due to the fact the strike deviated from the path of non-violence.

“We deplore the loss of innocent lives and the injury to eight others. At the same time since the Puja has started, MIPRL does not want recurrence of any incident which might mar the religious festivities,” Sutgna said.

In the statement, the MIPRL also firmly denounced the bandh call by HNLC and urged its supporters to defy the same.

A highly placed source in the state Transport Department said later this evening that resumption of essential commodity supplies came as a respite to the state.

Tripura currently has about 85 days of buffer food stock. The state has an installed capacity of holding 90 days buffer stock with an estimated of 33,000 MT foodgrain requirement per month.

Meanwhile, foodgrain induction from Ashuganj port of Bangladesh through the Akhaura international check post continues as a part of the experimental project to develop buffer food stocks.

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