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M’pur bandh over shootout
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 24:
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Published on 24 Jul. 2009 11:30 PM IST
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The 24-hour bandh by the women vendors of the Ema Keithel (Women market) against the shoot out incident on Thursday evoked mixed response in Manipur. Meanwhile, house of the Manipur Assembly late yesterday evening resolved to fight with the militants till a final end to the violence occurring in the state. Life remained normal in parts of the state but came to a stand still in market places in Imphal city area dominated by women vendors. Khwairamband Keithel Phambi Apunba Ima Lup, All Manipur Roadside Vendors’ Welfare Association, Khwai Central Ima Market and the Manipur Keithel Nupi Marup joitly called the 24-hour statewide bandh decrying the shoot out incident that was provoked in the crowded market place and detention of two leaders of the vendors, Ima L Mema and Ima Jano Begum, by the police. The bandh commenced from Thursday midnight. Inter-district passenger services remained off the roads fearing attacks by the bandh supporters. At Lamshang area where the 25 year old pregnant housewife was killed in the shoot out, locals took to the street along the Imphal-Kangchup road and blocked the road. Strike supporters also closed the Tinsid road in Imphal were the youth alleged of being a militant was killed on Thursday. The shoot out incident has rocked the afternoon session of the Manipur Assembly as the House discussed the incident as public interest matter. In reply to the discussion, chief minister, O Ibobi Singh said triggering blasts and shoot-outs are all related to monetary demand and said that the trend had become intolerable and killings was not the solution. Opposition members taking part in the discussion also observed that the violence culture of the state deserves to be condemned adding that the state was filled with blasts, shootings, hurling bombs at hospitals, killings of non-locals, extorting in the name of undergrounds. On the other hand, many civil organizations based in the state have condemned the shooting incident that killed a young pregnant housewife. The Centre for Organization Research and Education (CORE) while condemning the act appealed to the government to arrange adequate compensation for the deceased families.

 
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