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Bandh affects M’pur hill districts
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jun 14:
Published on 14 Jun. 2010 11:27 PM IST
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Normal life in Naga dominated hill districts of Manipur crippled Monday owing to the 24-hour general strike imposed by the United Naga Council (UNC) in protest against Manipur declaration of its president along with ANSAM president as “wanted” persons with cash rewards of Rs 1 lakh each.
No untoward incident were reported during the bandh hour, which began from last midnight till June 14 midnight.
Bandh supporters reportedly blocked the road by erecting barriers at various main roads in hill districts of Ukhrul, Senapati, Tamenglong and Chandel.
All shops, business establishments, government offices and educational institutes remained closed for the day, reports culled out from the districts headquarters said.
Streets also wore deserted look with no vehicle ply the streets. Operations of inter-district buses were also suspended.
The traffic along the Indo-Myanmar section of the NH-39 was also disturbed as bandh supporters erected barriers with wood logs, bamboos and branches of trees on the road at Thamnapokpi at Pallel of Chandel district.
Some vehicles heading Imphal from Moreh were forced to turn back by the bandh supporters, a report received from Chandel said.
The UNC is calling the bandh pressing Manipur government to review the wanted tag as the acting presidents of UNC and ANSAM, Samson Remei and David Choro respectively which Manipur Police declared following court’s directive to arrest them and produce them on June 16 without fail.
Court’s directive was in response to a PIL filed in the Gauhati High Court, Imphal Bench against the imposition of economic blockade on the NH-39 and NH-53 demanding for abrogating the 3rd Amendment Act of 2008 of Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council Act 1971 and defer the imposition of the Autonomous District Council Election.
Despite lament from various section to review the imposition of blockade for prolong period of time considering the hardship, facing by the people of the state, the two bodies continued with their stir alleging that instead of responding positively to the voice the adamant state government has resorted to suppression and blatantly used the state armed forces and machineries to impose the rejected election process resulting to unwanted violence.
The 24-hour bandh was imposed with the five day deadline set by the body demanding withdrawal of the wanted tag expired and government failed response to the demand. The body is also demanding withdrawal of section 144 CrPC and withdrawal of state armed forces from Naga areas.

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