24-hour Manipur shut down paralyses Imphal

Imphal: The 24 hours shutdown imposed by Justice For Sanaton Athokpam’ (JFSA), a people’ committee, demanding for justice to the death of a medical student at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Sanaton Athokpam of Khurai in Imphal East, paralysed Imphal and parts of Manipur on Tuesday.

Imphal streets wore a deserted with few vehicles on road. Shops and oil stations in the city were shut down, and government and private establishments were paralysed.

People came out on streets and blocked roads by placing logs and poles and by burning tyres.

The medical student was allegedly found death hanging inside his hostel room of RIMS on March 15. People’s committee JFSA has been carrying out various agitations for justice.

“Despite of our agitations, the government fails to respond as if it has deaf ears to the voice of the people for justice,” JFSA chairman Thangjam Memi said.

Civil society organisations including women orgaisations and student bodies joined together to support the bandh.

“Its been about one and a half months, the government has failed to find out the truth behind the death of the medical student. No FIR has been lodged in this connection, neither post mortem report nor death sertificate is issued to the family of the deceased or the JFSA,” Memi said.

“We will continue pressing the government with various forms of agitations until justice is delivered,” she added.

“Please find out those who killed Sanaton,” she urged the government stating everyone is of the opinion that he was murdered.

She appealed to the people in the state to support the people’s movement for justice.

No untoward incident was witnessed during the shut down that began on Monday 6 pm.

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