Bus from Imphal to Shillong
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Four buses left Imphal for Shillong on Tuesday to evacuate 160 students and other people of Manipur who are remaining stranded in Meghalaya.

The stranded students and people from Manipur are residents of Tousem, Tamei and Tamenglong sub-divisions of Tamenglong district in the state.

They have remained stranded in Meghalaya due to the ongoing nationwide lockdown in view of COVID19 pandemic.

Sharing an image of the buses on its Twitter handle, AIR News, Imphal said: “#Manipur: Four buses left Imphal for Shillong to evacuate 160 stranded students and other residents of #Tousem, #Tamei & #Tamenglong Sub – Divisions of #Tamenglong District who are stranded in Meghalaya.”

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh said his government will leave no stone unturned to bring back the Manipuri people who desire to come to their homes.

Chief minister N Biren tweeted: “Will leave no stone unturned to bring back every Manipuris who wish to be back at home.”

The Manipur chief minister also announced that his government would facilitate safe and smooth travel to the people from other states stranded in Manipur so that they can reach their states.

“Equally, people from other states living in Manipur who wish to return home will be provided safe & smooth travel to their home town with coordination with Union govt. & state govts,” N Biren tweeted.

Meanwhile, at least seven people were injured when a bus carrying stranded workers from Manipur hit a tree at Bakalia in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district on Tuesday.

The bus (No AS01-EC-9080) met with the accident on NH 36 near Bakalia police station in the morning at 8.

Sources said the mishap took place as the driver of the bus lost control and hit a tree.

The 7 persons, who were injured in the mishap, have been identified as Meher Uddin, Azad Mandal, Ajijul Mandal, Bolen Das, Ser Ali Sheikh, Hafejuddin Sheikh and Ataur Rahman.

The bus with 17 passengers, most of whom are workers, was on the way to its destination.

The bus had permission from the deputy secretary (home) to the Manipur government.

The injured were administered first aid at Bakalia Community Health centre (CHC) and sent to their destinations after another bus was arranged by the authority.

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