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Bandh hits normal life in Manipur

Bandh hits normal life in Manipur
Bandh supporters blocking road during 24-hour bandh in Imphal on Friday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 13 | Publish Date: 7/14/2018 12:18:59 AM IST
The 24-hour state wide bandh called by Socialist Students Union of Manipur (SSUM), Proletarian Feminist Movement (PoFM) and the Socialist Women Association (SWA) hit normal life in most parts of Manipur, particularly the valley areas on Friday. 
Almost all shops, schools and other business establishments in major market places across the valley district remained closed for the day. Commercial vehicles including inter-district and long district passenger vehicles stayed off the road.
Central and state government offices functioned with thin attendance. 
The bandh has been imposed by SSUM, PoFM and SWA, demanding proper settlement of land dispute at the Manipur sector of Indo-Myanmar border and making public the proposed draft bill to protect the indigenous people of the state. 
The three bodies demand also included justice for weightlifter Khumukcham Sanjita for her doping test and publication of details of transfer and postings of the teachers of government schools and colleges. 
Except bandh supporters imposing the bandh by blocking roads at some places in Imphal and its outskirt, there was no report of any untoward incident during the strike hours.
Financial institutions including banks remain closed for the day. 
The bandh hit normal life Thoubal, Kakching, Bishnupur and twin Imphal districts. However, there was report of the bandh affecting normal life in the hill districts except non-arrival of inter-district service vehicles including passenger service ones.
The bandh commenced from last midnight and due to end by the intervening night of Friday and Saturday.
Earlier, ahead of the commencement of the bandh, torch rallies were carried out at various localities and villages across the valley districts and some hill villages showing solidarity to the demands of the bandh sponsored bodies, particularly the international border issue.

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