The driver of a goods truck travelling on the Imphal-Jiribam road was shot dead on Wednesday by unknown persons. Two trucks,including the one belonging to the deceased,were set afire at an isolated spot between Charoi Pandong and K Senam villages on National Highway 37 in Senapati district in Manipur. While the police is still investigating the matter,they have not ruled out the possibility that the attack was carried out by armed cadre of the NSCN-IM.
Meanwhile,a 48-hour general strike was called in Manipur to protest the death of the driver,40-year-old Asem Babu. Babus truck was transporting cement to Imphal when it was attacked.
While a number of trucks were transporting goods at the time,and were accompanied by security,the two trucks in question developed technical problems and had stopped for repairs when they were ambushed. A gang of uniformed persons in a Maruti 800 and a Maruti van allegedly opened fire indiscriminately at the vehicles. Babu was hit by a barrage of bullets on both legs.
The handyman in Babus truck managed to flee the spot. The drivers of the second truck also managed escape the armed cadres.
The spot where the incident took place is about 45 km from Imphal. The body of the deceased and the burning trucks were reportedly discovered by personnel of the Assam Rifles and the CRPF who had been patrolling the area soon after the incident took place. A case has been registered at Sapermeina police station.