Strike against Art 371A extension hits normal life

IMPHAL,1st Aug: The 24-hour general strike called by the Joint Committee of AMUCO, CCSK and UCM against the move of the Government of India to extend Article 371A of the Indian Constitution in Manipur ended peacefully with huge support from different sections of the society.

Shops and other business establishments remained closed on Wednesday and major roads wore a deserted look with a very few commuters coming out, mainly for medical and religious events. Khwairamband Keithel and other important market areas in and around Imphal city were deserted. Though strike supporters blocked roads at various parts by burning tyres, piling up logs & boulders, and by hanging clothes, there is no report of any unwanted incidents.

Strike supporters were seen blocking roads at Uripok Polem Leikai, Yambem Leikai, Khumanthem Leikai, Achom Leikai, Lamboikhongnangkhong, Iroisemba Mayai Leikai, Oriental College gate, Langjing Awang, Patsoi, Khumbong, Thangmeiband Khomdram Selungba Leikai, Lamphel Sanakeithel, Fishery gate, Thangmeiband Meisnam Leikai, Muji Leirak Machin and DM College gate.

Similar activities were also seen at Khurai Ahongei, Nongmeibung, Kongpal, Porompat, Wangkhei Meihoubam Lampak, Khongman Mangjil, Akampat, Moirangkhom Chingakham Leirak Machin, Singjamei Mayengbam Leikai, Yumnam Leikai, Kakwa, Canchipur, Langthabal, Hiyangthang and Changangei areas. Police and protesters had a brief tussle at Hiyangthang.

A large number of state force and CRPF personnel were deployed at different areas of the state, especially in the valley districts as precautionary measures.

KAKCHING: The general strike against the extension of Article 371(A) in Manipur under Framework Agreement affected normal life in Kakching district. During the general strike vehicle remained off road, government offices recorded low turn-out while schools and colleges were shut. Normally busy market places of the district such as Kakching, Kakching Lamkhai, Pallel, Wabagai, Kakching Khunou, Waikhong, Sugnu, etc., were also deserted.

The strike was supported by Joint Non-Government Voluntary Organisation (Kakching), All Kakching Students’ Union and Ching Tam Apunba Nupi Lup, Pallel. Pallel-based Apunba Luchingbi Ema, Youth Development Organisation, and Social Development Organisation (SDO), Pallel also supported the strike by blocking roads and asking shopkeepers to down shutters at Pallel market.

Sugnu Apunba Meira Paibee volunteers backed strike call by blocking the roads at various points and forcing closure of shops. At Hiyanglam, strike supporters blocked Wabagai, Mayang Imphal –Imphal (Mayai Lambi) road. Thoubal keithel, Wangjing keithel and Yairipok keithel also remained closed. Strike supporters blocked roads in different parts of Thoubal, Wangjing, Yairipok areas. Police kept close vigil to prevent unwanted incidents.

BISHNUPUR: The general strike called from the midnight of July 31, affected normal life in Bishnupur district. As a result of the general strike, most of the major business areas of the district such as Nambol, Bishnupur, Ningthoukhong, Moirang, Kumbi, Kwakta, etc., wore a deserted look while vehicles stayed off the roads. Government and privates schools as well as offices were also remained closed.

JIRIBAM: The general strike also paralysed normal life in whole of Jirbam district. All the public and private enterprises as well as schools remained closed and business activities came to a grinding halt during the strike. Strike supporters blocked the National Highway No 37 and Jiri-Tipaimukh road by burning tyres at various places. Police also took up strong security measures by conducting patrol and deploying personnel at various places in order to prevent any untoward incidents. It may be mentioned that Wednesday’s general strike was supported by various orgnisations and meira paibis of the district.

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