Imphal: The 24 hours total shutdown imposed by Joint Action Committee (JAC) Against Brutal Murder of Athuan Abonmai has disturbed normalcy in Manipur.
The total shutdown was imposed demanding justice to Athuan Abonmai and to punish those guilty. It began on Sunday midnight.
Athuan Abonmai was former president of Zeliangrong Baudi.
He was murdered by suspected NSCN (I-M) members on September 22. He went to attend a function at Tamenglong where chief minister N. Biren was attending.
The JAC had met the chief minister thrice till Sunday. But no agreement was brought. The JAC pressed the state government to take action against the deputy commissioner and the superintendent of police of Tamenglong. It alleged that the incident took place because of their negligence, inefficiency and suspected role of their collusion in facilitating of the crime.
Various civil socities and student bodies support the total shutdown.
Imphal wore a deserted look. All interstate and intra-state transport services were stopped. Business establishments, shops and oil pumps were shut down. Government and private offices were paralysed.
Shutdown supporters came on the street in different parts of Imphal and blocked roads.
No untoward incident was reported during the strike till the filing of this report.
The Centre had handed over the murder case to NIA.
The people’s movement launched against the state government for the incompetency to protect the life of its citizen and the inefficiency of the state government in dealing ineffectively even the brutal murder issue of Athuan Abonmai will continue until justice is delivered, the JAC said.
It said it will continue to carry out protest movement until the charter of demands placed by the JAC are fulfilled so that lives of the people of the entire state are secured and not reduced to the level of cheapest commodity.
It is high time for the people of the entire state to rise above caste and creed so that the lives of the people are not put to risks anymore but to put an end to this kind of killing by any individual or groups in the future, it added.
It expressed its deep appreciation and immense gratitude to all the leaders of various leading civil societies organizations, Meira Paibis (Women’s folks) and various women’s organizations, different youths and students organizations, local clubs and associations and every ‘right thinking people’ of the state for their physical participation, extending fullest support and cooperation to the total shutdown.
The massive people’s participation, support and cooperation extended to the JAC calls for justice for the departed leader is a clear manifestation of the united voice of the people reflecting the people’s anguish and sentiment and at the same time sending a clear message to all to shun violent activities as the people are fed up of killing/ murders of people by the underground groups for differences, the JAC said.
The JAC is surprised to see some individuals trying to mislead the general public even in such a murder case by uploading and circulating misleading information on some social media groups which is in fact is an intentional and deliberate attempt trying to sabotage the people’s protest movement craving for justice. Despite uploading and circulating misleading information on some social media groups, the people movement cannot be sabotaged nor defeated but the JAC 24-hr state wide total shutdown was successful, it added.