General strike hits normal life in Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 17 | Publish Date: 12/17/2018 11:53:09 AM IST

Normal life was partially hit in Manipur, particularly in valley districts on Monday due to the 24-hour general strike call given by Maoist Communist Party Manipur (MCPM).

Public transports stayed off the road. Inter-district and inter-state transports were also affected.

Even as a tightened security was in place by detailing a good number of police and state security personnel, almost all the market places across the twin Imphal district wore deserted look as shops and business establishments remained closed.

However, vegetable vendors were seen coming out in the late afternoon and people were seen rushing to purchase essentials.

Even though government run educational institutions remained opened, most of the private schools across the valley districts closed for the day.

Government offices functioned normally as employees attended their duties responding to government’s warning against those not attending their duties during the general strike.

Some fuel stations were opened with security protection in the city. However, all the stations in the outskirt of Imphal city and other places across the valley areas remained close for the day.

Meanwhile, a scooter was reportedly burned down by suspected strike supporters at Waithou area along Imphal-Moreh section of NH-102 in Thoubal district.

Militant group, Maoist Communist Party of Manipur gave the 24-hour general strike demanding restoration of disappearing historical and religious sites of Manipur.

It alleged that the culture and society of the state has been at stake as the BJP-led state government was waging a war against its own people, where voices are muffled, mouths are gagged and where only their henchmen are being favoured.

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