Bandh affects highways connecting Manipur

Manipur | Publish Date: 10/7/2020 1:32:07 PM IST

 Hundreds of Imphal-bound goods laden trucks were stranded midway as the five-day total bandh in Manipur’s Kangpokpi district entered its third day on Wednesday.

Normal vehicular movement in parts of Imphal-Dimapur section of NH-2 and Imphal-Jiribam section of NH-37 remained disturbed since October 5 afternoon after Kangpoki based civil society organisations called for a five-day total bandh along these lifelines of Manipur.

The 5-day bandh till October 10 commenced at 1 pm on October 5.

Plying of almost all kinds of vehicles along the two highways remained disturbed till Wednesday due to the bandh.

A report from Senapati district headquarters said that around 100 Imphal-bound loaded trucks were stranded within the jurisdiction of the district since the commencement of the bandh.

Around a similar number of trucks were also stranded along the NH-37 in Noney district as bandh supporters came out onto the streets along the highways and enforced the bandh.

The Kangpokpi based CSOs imposed the bandh against “forced” demarcation of land allotted for the construction of National Sports University at Koutruk area of Imphal West district bordering Kangpokpi district. They claimed that a large portion of land allotted to NSU lies within the jurisdiction of Kangpokpi district and demanded a fair demarcation of the land with the involvement of Kangpokpi district administration and CSOs based in the district.

However, the demarcation of the land had already been completed on Monday last amid the protests.

Residents of Haraothel village tried to disturb the demarcation carried out by the officials of the state settlement department and Imphal West district administration.

Several protestors and police personnel sustained injuries in the violent clash that broke out during the demarcation.

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