General strike paralyses Manipur
Pothashang News Service: Imphal, August 9, 2019: Nineteen hours general strike imposed against the alleged failure of the Manipur government to give justice to the “mysterious” death of Class VII girl student of a school in Imphal has paralysed Manipur.
Imphal roads wore a deserted look, educational institutions and business establishments were shut down, government departments were affected during the strike.
The strike was imposed by the joint action committee (JAC) formed against the death of the student who was found hanged inside the dormitory of the school boarding on July 18. It was supported by people by blocking roads at different locations in Imphal and other valley areas.
The JAC says “the prevailing situation tells that the government is no longer existent in the state”.
A public meeting was held on Wednesday attended by local clubs, organisations, Meira Paibis at Thangmeiband Athletic Union’s ground resolved to impose the general strike a after imposing a12 hours bandh on Thursday.
The general strike was imposed from 5 am to midnight of Friday.
The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West on Thursday remanded two members of the JAC who were Pratap Leishangthem, 51, and Elangbam Joykumar, 40 to judicial custody for 15 days. They were arrested on Wednesday in connection with the agitations and strikes that have been taken up since the alleged murder of the girl student. 144 Cr PC has been imposed in Imphal West district.
People have been staging sit-in at Thangmeiband and in other parts of the state demanding to bring out the truth behind the death of the student.
Locals of Thangmeiband on Thursday burnt the effigies of chief minister N. Biren Singh and principal of the school. Six student protestors of CC Higher Secondary School and Model Higher secondary School sustained injuries while confronting with police.
The JAC demanded that police must stop their actions and the arrested members of Thangmeiband United Club and the JAC must be released immediately without any conditions cautioning to take up strong agitations. If the arrested member of the JAC and TUC are not released by 10 am of Friday agitations will be taken up in the form of inviting the police to arrest 10 more members, it demanded.
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