KIM 24-hour shutdown hits part of Mnp hills

KIM 24-hour shutdown hits part of Mnp hills
Moreh town of Manipur during KIM sponosred 24-total shutdown on Wednesday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 8: | Publish Date: 8/9/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

Normal life in Kuki dominated hill districts of Manipur was paralyzed owing to a 24-hour total shutdown in protest against lackadaisical attitude towards bringing “amicable solution to genocide carried out against the Kukis.

Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM), the apex body of Kuki tribes in Manipur imposed the total shutdown which was commenced from last midnight.

The shutdown has severely affected life in Kuki dominated hill districts like Churachandpur, Kangpokpi, Pherzawl, parts of Chandel and Tengnoupal districts, reports said.

In this areas, large number of strike supporters came out on the streets at their respective areas and imposed bandh by catching fire on the roads, piling debris, stones and cut down tree branches, 

They also forced to back vehicles of all kinds passing the areas they were imposing the bandh.

Reports said as many as four vehicles moving on the Imphal-Mao section of NH-2 were damaged in the attacks by the suspected bandh supporters along the stretch in Kangpokpi area.

There was no report of causing injuries to the occupants of the vehicles.

The bandh has severely hit the cross border trade activities at Moreh sector of the Indo-Myanmar border after bandh supporters forced to close all shops and business establishments in the Indian border town.

They also stopped movement of all kinds of vehicles besides disallowing Imphal-bound vehicles leaving the border town. No vehicle from Imphal also arrived at the border town for the day, reports said.

However, the strike did not affect the opening international entry-exit checkpoint on the Tamu (Myanmar)-Moreh (India) border.

Similar situations of closure of shops, business establishments, and government office functioning with thin attendances, schools and colleges remaining close and non-plying of all sorts of vehicles including private vehicles were reported from the Kuki dominated districts.

While giving the total shutdown call, KIM demanded that the alleged actions of NSCN (I-M) against the Kukis should be first settled before finalizing the Framework Agreement came up as a result of more than two decades long Indo-Naga peace dialogue.

Any disregard to such proposal shall have consequences and the Kukis are ever prepared to protect their identity, rights and the land their forefathers defended and protected during the Kuki war of independence in 1917-1919,”the apex body had warned.

It further alleged that resolving only the Nagas’ issue will not bring lasting peace and settlement to all issues in Northeast and in Manipur.

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