72-hour total shutdown underway

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Pothashang News Service: Imphal, July 3, 2018: A 72 hours total shut down strike imposed by All Manipur Muslim Organisations Co-ordinating Committee (AMMOCOC) against eviction has paralysed few pockets in Imphal East.

AMMOCOC initiated a 24 hours total shut down strike that began on July 1 midnight opposing the government notice to evict Awaching forest reserve area in Imphal East. The strike has been extended for another 48 hours when the government began eviction yesterday morning.

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Ammococ complains that the government on April 10 promised in a memorandum that it will not take up any activity that would be against people’s interest. However, all of sudden the government issued an order and took up eviction, it said.

The eviction is going on and also the strike.

Today ‘Nongpok Chingu Thong Thalo Sipi Lok’ complex at Awaching was destroyed in the eviction. It has residential buildings, a temple and a community hall. The temple was spared from destruction.

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The shut down strike was effective at Minuthong, Hatta, Top Khongnangkhong and Khabeisoi area in Imphal East cutting off connectivity with the Imphal West.

State officials say Awaching is a reserved forest area. It said that the state authority has notified several times to vacate the place and the officials have no option rather than force eviction.

Eviction will also be conducted soon at all the places that falls in the Reserved Forest Area, said a forest department official.

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A car and a scooter were burnt by agitators along the road at Khabeisoi.

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