Manipur Oil Tanker Drivers to Strike Over Security Concerns Following Militant Assaults

Over 800 Manipur oil tanker drivers plan indefinite strike on April 21 to protest militant attacks, demand enhanced security and compensation. This could disrupt the state's fuel supply and economy.

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Manipur Oil Tanker Drivers to Strike Over Security Concerns Following Militant Assaults

Manipur Truck Drivers Launch Strike to Protest Militant Attacks on Oil Tankers

Over 800 oil tanker drivers in Manipur are anticipated to initiate a "steering wheel-down strike" on April 21, 2024, to object to militant assaults on oil tankers and call for enhanced security and compensation for injured drivers. The strike was declared by the All Manipur Petroleum Product Drivers Association (AMPPDA) following an attack on April 16, 2024, where two drivers were injured by gunfire while escorted by CRPF personnel on NH-37.

The drivers claim security lapses and ineffective escort measures, calling for "shoot at sight" orders for security personnel, dedicated security forces for highways, and immediate compensation for the injured drivers. The Manipur Drivers' Association (MDA) has also joined the protest, demanding a dedicated security force and support services for vehicles on national highways.

Why this matters: The strike could potentially impact Manipur's economy and lead to a rise in commodity prices, as the state heavily relies on oil tankers for fuel supply. The incident underscores the ongoing security challenges faced by essential service providers in the region.

Tanker Drivers Protest: On April 21, 2024, oil tanker drivers organized a demonstration in front of the government oil depot at Malom to protest the recent attack. The drivers have been refraining from moving on the Imphal-Jiribam section of NH-37 since the April 16 incident, which occurred between Kaiimai and Tollen Kuki village. The AMPPDA organized the demonstration and announced an indefinite cease-work strike starting from the same day to draw the attention of the concerned authorities and call for security and compensation for the injured drivers.

"We are risking our lives every day to ensure fuel supply to the state, but the government has failed to provide us with adequate security," said an AMPPDA spokesperson during the demonstration. The strike is anticipated to continue until the drivers' demands are met, with the potential to cause significant disruptions to the state's fuel supply and economy.

Key Takeaways

  • Over 800 oil tanker drivers in Manipur to strike on April 21, 2024, over militant attacks.
  • Drivers demand enhanced security, "shoot at sight" orders, and compensation for injured.
  • Strike could impact Manipur's economy and lead to commodity price rise due to fuel supply disruption.
  • Drivers refrain from moving on NH-37 after April 16 attack, organize protest at government oil depot.
  • Strike to continue indefinitely until demands for security and compensation are met.