Maoist strike paralyses Imphal
Pothashang News Service: Imphal, December 17, 2018: Maoist Communist Party, Manipur’s 24-hour general strike has today paralysed educational institutions and business establishment at large in Imphal.
One scooter was reportedly burnt down partially at Waithou near Waithou Bazar in Thoubal district at about 4 am.
The strike began yesterday midnight in demand for reconstruction of Mongba Hanba Khubam and Khurai Ahong Pung shrines located in Imphal.
The outfit also said the general strike was imposed to express the frustration of the indigenous people of Manipur whose culture and voices have been ignored by Manipur government since the past many years.
School and college classes in Imphal were functionless as students failed to turn up.
Transport services were paralysed, except some few auto services in Imphal city. Oil pumps were shut down. Few petrol pumps and shops in Imphal were opened as police came and instructed. However they were shut down after the police left the locations.
Khwairaman Ima market and shops in Imphal City were closed. Few street vendors were seen vending by road sides.
Government departments were opened.
Manipur government had directed all state departments to take up necessary measures to ensure proper functioning of the state government offices, educational institutions, business establishments and transports during the strike.
It had directed all the administrative secretaries and head of departments to ensure attendance in all their offices and subordinate offices during the general strike and to send attendance reports to the administrative departments concerned.
It also instructed all shops and establishments to remain open during the strike and all transport operators to make transportation operational without fail.