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Govt offices torched in Manipur

Govt offices torched in Manipur
Protestors block a road during the emergency general strike called by TKSU in Churachandpur district on Monday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 20 | Publish Date: 8/20/2018 11:50:35 AM IST

Two government offices were torched by suspected strike supporters during a “emergency general strike” launched by Thadou Kuki Students’ Union (TKSU) in Manipur’s Churachandpur district on Monday.

The student body imposed the general strike, demanding immediate transfer of deputy commissioner Shyamlal Poonia of Churachandpur district. 

During the strike hours, miscreants set afire to sub-divisional office (SDO) and district fishery office located at the district headquarters in the wee hours. 

Timely intervention by the local people and police saved the offices from large scale damage.

A large number of protestors took to the streets at the district headquarters near the places where government offices were located and banned entry of government employees from entering their respective offices.

The strike did not affect normal public vehicular movement and other works except those office goers.

Meanwhile, the TKSU, in a statement issued on Monday, threatened to impose another 48-hour general strike call beginning from midnight of August 22, if the state government failed to transfer the DC by August 21.

Asserting that the arson at SDO and fishery offices was not related with the union, TKSU strongly condemned the miscreants who took advantage of the strike and attempted to burn down the offices.

Claiming that no TKSU volunteer was involved in the heinous crime, the union said that the act of arson was an attempt to tarnish the image of the TKSU. 

Meanwhile, Kuki Students’ Organization, Churachandpur and Zomi Students’ Federation (ZSF) have condemned the attempted arson of government offices. 

KSO, in a statement, said that the burning of government property by some individuals with vested interests and criminal intent to create social disharmony in the district was highly condemnable. 

ZSF alleged that the attempts to burn down the two offices showed the “ignoble lack of understanding or courage on the part of the unidentified miscreants, whatever their motive may be”. 

 

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