Truck torched for flouting curfew rules at Ukhrul village
R LESTER MAKANG
UKHRUL, 7th Apr: A mob of irate womenfolk burnt down a truck ferrying building construction materials for flouting the current lockdown rules around noon Tuesday at Shangching village in Kamjong district.
According to reports culled from the spot, the truck was set ablaze by a mob of local womenfolk at a spot in between Lungreiphung and Alungtang localities of the village following an altercation over entry of outsiders in the area amid the ongoing lockdown.
This incident occurred barely two days after the state government ordered stringent enforcement of total lockdown including public curfew and closure of markets for one week till April 12 across all districts in the state.
Meanwhile, on learning of the incident, Ukhrul MLA Alfred Kanngam Arthur rushed to the spot along with Ukhrul SP Worngam Ningshen to take stock of the situation.
The incident took place around 1 pm when five trucks allegedly belonging to state security forces, which were ferrying construction materials under security escorts, tried to pass through the village which is currently under lockdown due to coronavirus threat, villagers disclosed.
Raising strong objection against entry of the outsiders, a large number of local womenfolk came out and blocked the road to prevent passage of the vehicles in the area where even the locals are forced to confine in their own homes to stem spread of the deadly contagion in the state, which has two positive cases already. As the trucks which came under five security escort vehicles, refused to listen to the plea of the womenfolk to turn away from the village, a heated confrontation ensued between the two sides.
In the ensuing mob actions, the irate local womenfolk torched one of the trucks laden with construction materials like iron bars, following which the other trucks had turned back from the village towards Shangshak police station, reports said.
Talking to The People's Chronicle, local villagers expressed discontent with the lax attitude of the state authorities over the ongoing lockdown which has been enforced nationwide in view of the COVID-19 threat.
"If the state government is really serious about the current COVID-19 situation in the state, how come they have allowed such a large number of outsiders to enter our villages in the name of transporting construction materials?" the villagers rued.
They suspected that over 50 outsiders including the security personnel, were being ferried by the trucks and security escort vehicles, adding that this was a big threat to safety of the local villagers in such a crucial juncture of Covid19 scare.
The villagers also questioned the sincerity of the state authorities in containing the deadly disease in the district, which is already gripped by the alarming situation. Apart from the district headquarters, all villages across both Ukhrul and Kamjong districts have enforced strict regulations restricting entry of outsiders and even natives who are staying outside without proper quarantine and due medical certification in line with the government's call for preventive measures.