24 hours strike totally paralysed Moreh

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One day general strike imposed against the killing of a woman at the Indo-Myanmar border town Moreh yesterday has crippled normalcy and every day activities at the trade centre.

The strike that was imposed by various civil society organisations began at 8:00 pm yesterday. Bandh supporters blocked roads at different parts by burning tyres and placing polls and logs.

The sudden imposition of the general strike gave hardships to the traders as well as to the transporters besides disturbing the normalcy of the people.

“The town is totally deserted. We can’t move of our hotel rooms” said Th. Bina Devi, a trader from Imphal who was staying at a hotel at Moreh.

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“I was told that two men masked with cloths came on the bike at Premnagar and shot the lady, and they left when people rushed towards the spot. She died instantly”, said Bina Devi.

The lady who was identified as Arambam (O) Shanti (49) earns her living engaging in coolie works in the town.

Civil society organisation had an emergency meeting and requested the chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh to book the culprit within 48 hoursand pressed that the death body will not be received until the culprits are arrested.

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The meeting also condemned the series of blast occurred at Moreh.

This incident took place after a series of blast took place at the border town.

Two bombs were exploded at two places of Moreh last Saturday (May 20) night. However, there was no report of any casualty. On May 19 four security personnel sustained injuries when Parliamentary Secretary (Home) L Sushindro (Yaima) was attacked by suspected militants using bomb in between Kwatha and Khudengthabi. And on May 17 evening near there was another blast Gamnong Veng community hall, but injured none.

United Kuki Liberation Front in a press statement released yesterday urged the culprits not to repeat the gutless acts in future. Between May 8 and May 20 there were five blasts in the peaceful business hub area with at least two confirmed death and six injured personnel. Condemning the blast the outfit stated that this kind of spineless action create a fear Psychological environment amongst the civil populace and disturbs the trade and commerce of the business community.

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So far till the filing of this report there has been neither claim for responsible for the killing of Shanti Devi nor arrest of the culprits.

This was the second general strike within five days at Moreh.

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