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Bandh affects life in Manipur
Published on 10 Jul. 2009 12:46 AM IST
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Life came to a halt on Thursday following a 24-hour statewide general strike in Manipur called by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) to protest the killing of a contractor. Yengkhom Krishnadas of Kakching Sumak Leikai, Thoubal district, was abducted by armed persons from Imphal West. His body was recovered from Lilong Chingjao on June 12 even after Rs 25 lakh was paid by his family to suspected kidnappers. According to UNI report, all inter and intra state bus services were cancelled in view of the bandh. Educational institutes as well as shops, markets and oil depots remained shut. Very few private vehicles ventured out. Incidentally, the kidnapping and death of Krishnadas was raised by Radhabinod Koijam and O Joy in the state Assembly as a call attention motion today. Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh said the bandh was called despite six persons being apprehended so far. He said of them three were already serving jail terms. Action will be taken to ensure that the inmates did not misuse the jail premises. Mobile phone jammers will be installed and armed personnel will now guard the Sajiwa jail, he added. The motive for killing the young contractor seems to be ransom, the chief minister said.

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