Agitators burn effigy of CM Biren

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, September 3, 2019: Effigies of Manipur chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh and principal of Standard Robarth Higher Secondary School were set ablaze by agitators at Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai during 48 hours general strike that began at 6 am of Monday.

The general strike was imposed by the “JAC (joint action committee) against the murder of Ningthoujam Babysana” demanding to release the JAC members from jail without condition and to handover the case to the CBI and to show the CBI’s acceptance document to the JAC.

Babysana, a class VII student of Standard Robarth school, was found death in the boarding dormitory of the school on July 18. The JAC alleged that she was murdered.

A Meira Paibi leader H. Rashi said we burn the effigies as a part of the general strike against the failure of the government to give a rational reply to the people ‘s demand.

The agitators said president of Naharol Leishemba Club and Thangmeiband United Club and co-convenor of the JAC who is in jail has been taking up fast unto death agitation. They cautioned to take up intensive agitations if anything happens to him in the jail as a result of his fasting.

The general strike disturbed normalcy in Manipur. Interstate transport services were cut off, roads in Imphal wore a deserted look, markets and business establishments in Imphal were shuts down, educational institutions were shut down and government establisments were paralysed during the strike.

Services related to water supply, electricity, medical care and religious activities were exempted by the strike.

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