48 hrs Manipur shut down cripples life on first day

Imphal: The 48 hours Manipur shut down imposed collectively by several organisations against the arrest of five defence volunteers, demanding for unconstitutional release has paralysed Imphal and other parts of the state, specifically in the valley areas.

All Kongba Road United Clubs Organisation (an apex body of 27 local clubs); Kuraomakhong United Club, Sagolband Kuraomakkhong, Sayang road; and Naorem Yaiphakol, Naorem Leikai called the shutdown.

Shutdown supporters blocked most of the streets in Imphal starting from the early Tuesday morning. The shutdown continued the whole first day of 48 hours, confrontations amid blast sounds continued on the evening.

Essential services were allowed to move.

In some parts of Imphal, police and RAF fired tear gas shells to disperse the bandh supporters. On retaliation with slingshots and stones by the bandh supporters, front glass of one bus ferrying RAF jawans were damaged at Tera Bazaar.

Educational institutions, transport services and markets were shutdown. Only few government employees attended office.

President of Coordinator of Langthabal Kendra Club, Yumnam Hittler who is a part of the bandh imposer told reporters on Monday that, the government should not arrest the village volunteers.

If the government nab village volunteers who are guarding their respective villages then who is going to protect the villages in fringe areas. For the last over 4 months the communal crisis has not been stopped and with the help of the village volunteers many villagers are protecting against the attack of Kuki militants, he added.

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