Indefinite bandh cripples Moreh

Indefinite bandh cripples Moreh
Bandh supporters blocking road as indefinite bandh in Moreh town commenced on Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Oct 12 | Publish Date: 10/12/2019 12:24:20 PM IST

An indefinite bandh imposed against frequent bomb blasts has severely hit normal life in Manipur town at the Indo-Myanmar on Saturday.

Bomb blasts rocked the border town on October 5, 8 and 11 (Friday). There were no human casualty in all the blasts but it left the residents of Moreh town panicked despite heavy presence of both Central and state security forces.

Angered by Friday night’s blast despite  tightened security measure in place, Kuki based civil society organisations imposed an indefinite bandh in the border town which commenced from Friday night.

Owing to the bandh, cross border trade activities was brought to a grinding halt and  the town wore a deserted look with no vehicle on the road and only few pedestrians.

Shops and business establishments, educational, financial institutions, government offices remained close for the day. 

All vehicles originating from Imphal were forced to halt at various places along the NH-102 (Imphal-Moreh section) before reaching Moreh. No vehicle left the town for Imphal for the day.

Bandh supporters came out onto the streets and enforced the bandh by lighting fire, piling stones and stretching logs on the roads within the town and highways leading to the town.

No untoward incident related with the bandh was reported for the day, police said.

On the other hand, Kuki National Organisation (KNO), the umbrella body of several armed Kuki based groups under suspension of operation with Centre and state government strongly condemned the series of blasts in the border town.

“Peace in Moreh is essential not only for normal life to continue but also to maintain an atmosphere conducive for the ongoing tripartite talks among government of India, government of Manipur and the Kukis,” KNO said, in the statement condemning the blast series.

It added that Moreh is a border town where traders from various communities engaged in business and is the source of livelihood for many daily wage earners trying to eke out a living.

The KNO sees the periodical setting of bombs as hands of elements trying to disturb the peaceful atmosphere of the town and urged the residents of the town to cooperate with the KNO in the efforts to prevent further blasts and maintain peace in the town.

Finally, KNO, in the statement, urged any person or organisation responsible for the blasts to come forward and state the reason(s) for the action.

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