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Anti-CAB agitations hit normal life in Manipur

Anti-CAB agitations hit normal life in Manipur
Police personnel confront anti-CAB protestors in Imphal on Monday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 11 | Publish Date: 2/11/2019 11:42:09 AM IST

Life in the Manipur capital was hit badly on Monday as People Alliance of Manipur (PAM) gave a total shut down call against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Manipur People Against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (MANPAC) also called ‘on road mass protest’ on the day. 

Despite the presence of large number of police and security forces, the protestors took to the streets and shouted various anti-CAB and anti-BJP government slogans.

While expressing strong apprehension of tabling the contentious Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, PAM gave the 36-hour general strike call which was commenced from Monday morning at 5:00 am.

The total shutdown brought normal life to a grinding halt on day one. Owing to the total shutdown, all kinds of vehicles stayed off the roads while schools and colleges remained close. 

Protestors took to the streets in their respective areas and imposed the total shutdown by blocking the roads. While imposing the total shutdown, the protestors staged ‘on road mass protest’ with black flags as announced by MANPAC.

While hoisting the black flags, they shouted anti-CAB, anti-BJP government slogans on the streets. 

Similar situations were also reported in other valley districts and some parts of the hill districts of the state.

Meanwhile, women vendors of Ima Keithel (women market) also resumed their protest against CAB even after their sit-in-protest was dispersed by the police Sunday evening.

The women vendors also reaffirmed that they will continue the stir until and unless CAB is totally withdrawn. 

Police had dispersed the women vendors who were on overnight protest yesterday by using tear gas and mock bombs, injuring five women vendors.

According to the women vendors, after the dispersal, they stayed the night at their respective market-sheds and came out early Monday morning to resume the protest.

While condemning Sunday’s police excessiveness, leaders of the women vendors said that their “protest will not be able to suppress by using force. Rather, it has encouraged them.”

Meanwhile, many CSOs and political parties have also condemned police action against the women vendors who were staging peaceful protest. 

Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR), while condemning the police action said that it was very inhumane act of the state government.

“The state government thinks peoples voice can be suppressed using force forgetting the facts that the government is formed by the people and to act for the people,” said the forum..

Leaders and workers of Congress in Manipur also joined the anti-CAB protest by staging a sit-in-protest in front of Imphal’s Congress Bhavan.

Leaders of the party taking part in the protest expressed apprehension of tabling the contentious Bill in the Rajya Sabha for consideration and passing on Tuesday (February 12).

Congress leaders also condemned the police action against the women vendors who were staging a peaceful protest against the Bill.

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