The AAPWA has stopped unloading of petroleum items at Doimukh IOC depot near here since December 21 to protest the demand for Rs three lakh by miscreants from the driver of a tanker, which they held captive at Ziro, district authorities said.

The AAPWA has also expressed concern over the safety of tanker drivers in Arunachal and over alleged harassment at check gates with regard to inner line permits.

"The unprecedented boycott was carried out without prior notice to the concerned authorities," Food and Civil Supplies (FCS) Director CN Longphai said on Saturday.

"The Papum Pare district FCS Department and the Capital Complex administration began rationing petroleum products items so that requirements of all citizens can be met from the existing stock till the resumption of normal supply," he added.

The department had issued order for daily supply of fuel to various categories of vehicle, official sources said.

Expressing concern over the situation, the BJP demanded immediate restoration of the supply system and urged the state government to take initiative at the earliest.

The BJP claimed that thousands are stranded in traffic jams in Itanagar.

Bus services by Arunachal Pradesh State Transport have been disrupted in the past two days due to non-availability of high speed diesel in Itanagar.

However, a few long distance buses are plying, official sources said.

(Agencies)

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