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Bandh paralyses Manipur-Assam border town
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUNE 7:
Published on 8 Jun. 2011 12:07 AM IST
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Normal life was paralyzed on Tuesday in Jiribam, Manipur town bordering Assam, owing to 30-hour general strike called as part of pressurizing Manipur government for separate district of Sardar Hills division of Senapati and Jiribam districts starting Monday midnight till June 8, 6am. Economic blockade on NH-53 will be followed with the announcement made by the agitating Jiribam District Demand Committee (JDDC).
Due to strike, all shops and business establishments, educational institute, government offices and others remained closed for the day, official report received here said. Strike supporters burnt debris and wood logs to block traffic. However, no untoward incident was reported, police said.
Jiribam is a sub-division of Imphal East district dominated by various communities such as the Meiteis, Muslims, Bengalis and other tribes and is the only town in land-locked Manipur to have a rail head.
The announcement of series of protest of the JDDC comes up barely a month after the people of Phungyar sub-division in the Tangkhul Naga-dominated Ukhrul district raised a similar demand for the area.
The people of Sardar hills in Senapati have also been seeking a revenue district status for the area.

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