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Anti-CAB protest brings business in Imphal to total halt

Anti-CAB protest brings business in Imphal to total halt
Vendors of iconic women market in Imphal staging anti-CAB protest in Imphal on Saturday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 9 | Publish Date: 2/9/2019 12:03:53 PM IST

Amidst vociferous protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, section 144 of CrPC has been promulgated in Bishnupur district, one of Manipur’s valley district worst hit by anti-CAB protests.

The prohibitory order was issued by the Bishnupur district magistrate considering the apprehension of creating serious law and order problem in the district due to the agitations being carrying out under the aegis of the Manipur People Against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (MANPAC).

Besides prohibiting carrying out of rallies, meetings, sit-in-protests, dharnas, processions, etc. the prohibitory order issued by the district magistrate banned assembly of more than five or more persons and carrying of deadly weapons such as daos, firearms, sticks, stones, catapults, dagger, etc.

The prohibitory order was effective from Friday at 5 pm and will continue until further order is issued in this regard, an official source said Saturday.

“Any person violating this order is liable to be punished under section 188 IPC,” the order stated.

The prohibitory order was issued amidst the gaining anti-CAB protest across the state, particularly in the valley districts where people, particularly womenfolk and students were staging various forms of protests opposing the passing of CAB 2016 by the Lok Sabha and withdrawal of the same before passing by the Rajya Sabha. 

In the continued protests, normal business transaction in Imphal, the business hub of the state was brought to a grinding halt after shops and business establishments were down their shutters during a mass protest staged by the women vendors of iconic all-women market in Imphal.

Hundreds of women vendors of the all-women markets suspended their business of the day starting from early today morning and remained seated on the street in the heart of the capital city. 

Women street vendors also join the protest, staged by blocking the street at the Ima Keithel (women market). 

With the protest continued till late evening, a large number of police and central paramilitary force armed with riot gears have been detailed in and around the Ima Keithel. 

Showing solidarity to the protest staged by the women vendors, all shops and business establishments in the three major city markets – Khwairamband Bazar, Paona Bazar and Thangal Bazar – remained close for the day.

Convenor of MANPAC Phundreimayum Abdullah who appeared at the protest site asked the people to be ready to fight while expressing apprehension of tabling the Bill in the Rajya Sabha in the coming few days.

Pointing towards the large number of security force deployed nearby the protest site, he said that the law enforcing agencies must know that right to protest by the people is entitled by the Constitution.

Abdullah alleged that India government was carrying out racist policy, threatening the very existence of the indigenous population in the region.

DESAM’s advisor Moirangthem Angamba strongly condemned the legislators of the state while alleging them of remaining as a silent spectator without any concern for the future survival of indigenous people of the region.

He called for boycotting the legislators who remained silent at this crucial juncture. 

Sit-in-protests were also staged at various parts of the twin capital districts by womenfolk and students at various places. Police had a hard time to open the roads which were blocked fully and half the way.

At some places, the protestors burnt down the effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Rajnath Singh. The burning of effigies was reported from some places in Thoubal district too.

While burning down the effigies, they shouted various slogans which include among others, “down down BJP government,” “down down Modi government”, “Withdraw CAB immediately,” etc.

On the other hand, “People’s Convention” hosted by Peoples’ Alliance Manipur (PAM) in Imphal’s GM Hall today decided to impose a 36-hour total shutdown on February 11-12.

While passing the resolution to impose the total shutdown, PAM expressed apprehension of tabling the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Rajya Sabha on February 12.

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