NH 54 is considered the lifeline of Mizoram. A joint action committee of the protesters in a statement said they blocked the highway because they believed the surgeon was transferred out from the district hospital without a replacement.
The 850-km-long highway connects Assam and Mizoram and the blockade, if prolonged, could slow down movement of commodities. The ruling Congress party's leaders said another surgeon has been posted at the district hospital and the blockade was unnecessary.
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