AIZAWL, June 6 - A large number of supply trucks and passengers vehicles were stranded at Kolasib on the national highway-54, economic lifeline of Mizoram, as a conglomeration of NGOs and students along the Assam-Mizoram border town began an indefinite blockade from 5:00 am today, protesting the transfer of a surgeon from the district hospital.
Only vehicles of medical emergency, medical duty, milk vendors and journalists were allowed to ply on the national highway. However, there was no shutdown of shops, Government offices and institutions. People were allowed to walk freely.
Though heavy troops of security forces were deployed along the national highway, there was no untoward incident.
�Agitators sat at different locations along the road preventing vehicles from entering the town. The police are watching them,� a local said over phone.
The joint action committee (JAC) of Kolasib they were protesting against the transfer of the �lone surgeon� from the district hospital without posting a replacement. However, the ruling Congress leaders said that there is another surgeon in the district hospital and the blockade was uncalled for.
Refuting this, the JAC said, the �other surgeon� is employed for elderly scheme under the National Rural Health Mission and he is not supposed to or authorised to operate surgery in the hospital.