|Truck drivers refuse to enter Nagaland|
JORHAT, March 13 – A tense situation prevails near the Assam-Nagaland border in Mariani as truck operators have refused to enter Nagaland since yesterday. After two truck drivers were beaten up in the neighbouring State on March 6, the truck drivers had urged the Nagaland administration to arrest the miscreants immediately. But the Nagaland Government failed to do so till date.
As a result, all goods-laden trucks bound for Nagaland have halted at the inter-State border near Mariani. The truck drivers warned that transportation to Nagaland would be stopped if the Nagaland Government failed to meet their demand. Long rows of trucks along the road to Nagaland have been seen near Mariani since yesterday.
In another development, the Naga National Council (NNC) demanded tax from several traders on the Assam side of the border during the last couple of days. When contacted, Jorhat SP Sanjukta Parasar told this correspondent that the organisation demanded Rs 80,000 as tax from four vegetable vendors. “We have asked the traders not to pay the tax to the organisation,”she said. “We will provide full protection to those persons to whom the notices have been served by the organisation.”
According to an unofficial source, the NNC served such notices demanding tax to more than 11 traders.