Silchar: In an attempt to ease the problems of Mizoram residents facing an acute shortage of essentials due to the ongoing lockdown of the NH 306, around 3,711 kg of freight were airlifted from Silchar airport to Mizoram on Monday morning.

A Spice Xpress flight landed at Silchar airport on 08:15 hrs on Monday and departed for Aizawl at 10:00 hrs. The flight flew from Kolkata and returned to the airport after the delivery of the whole consignment.

“On 02.08.2021, Silchar Airport Authority helped in the dispatch of 3711 kgs of Cargo by Spicejet flight to Lengpui Airport, Aizawl” a tweet put out by Silchar airport mentioned.

Sources close to the development informed the flight loaded goods from both Kolkata and Silchar airport and delivered it to Mizoram. However, it is not clear what material was flown into Mizoram.

Civil organizations in Barak Valley had announced an economic blockade of Mizoram following the July 26 violence, which has since been lifted, But truckers afraid of possible violence have opted to either park their vehicles near the border in Cachar district’s Dholai or circumvent the troubled boundary by taking a longer route through Tripura.

The Mizoram home department on Sunday had written to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) stating that no vehicles entered from Assam till date and many vehicles carrying essential commodities and medical consignment are stranded at Lailapur-Dholai area.

However, officials in Barak valley have time and again maintained that the blockade had been lifted, and no group was trying to stop truckers or other vehicles.

Mizoram is now getting its supplies delivered through a long route, traversing through Tripura. However, that route was also obstructed on Monday by locals at Luairpua, a town near the Tripura border in the Karimganj district.

Over 100 vehicles with goods, including essential commodities, were stranded at Churaibari gate, the Assam-Tripura border checkpost at North Tripura district of Tripura and the Karimganj district of Assam.

“We are obstructing the roads to prevent the goods from entering Mizoram through Karimganj. Tripura government, which is also dependent on Assam for essentials, should not support Mizoram that had killed our police personnel” protestors said.

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