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Bihar transporters to stop Assam-bound trucks

November 26, 2003 16:50 IST

Bihar transporters, who have stopped sending trucks to Assam in view of the ethnic violence, on Wednesday threatened to stall movement of vehicles from other states to Assam and vice versa.

Irked over killing of four truck drivers at Nalbari, the Bihar Motor Transport Federation had at its executive body meeting on November 22 decided against sending trucks to Assam till the central and Assam governments give an assurance that they would not be targeted.

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The BMTF is keeping a close watch on the situation in Assam. It has now requested the All India Goods Transport Association in Delhi to direct truckers from different states to stop sending vehicles to Assam till the situation there returned to normal, BMTF president Uday Shankar Prasad Singh told PTI in Patna. Similar letters have also been sent to the transport federations of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and others states.

At an emergency meeting in Patna on Tuesday, it was decided that if transporters from other states did not heed its request, the BMTF would stall the movement of trucks to Assam through Bihar from next week onwards.

On an average, 4,000 to 5,000 trucks head for Assam from Bihar daily carrying food items, medicines and other goods.

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