Normal life in Manipur hit by 24 hrs shutdown

Normal life in Manipur hit by 24 hrs shutdown
24-hour shutdown that hit normal life in Manipur on Tuesday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 27 | Publish Date: 4/27/2021 12:50:38 PM IST

A day-long total shutdown that hit normal life across twin capital districts of Manipur ended peacefully on Tuesday.

The shutdown was announced by a  group called ‘Justice for Sanaton Athokpam,’ who was fighting to get justice for Sanaton Athokpam,  a medical student of RIMS who was found hanging dead in a controversial circumstance in his hostel on March 15 last. The shutdown was called to protest against the alleged inaction of the state government to deliver justice.

The state-wide shutdown commenced on Tuesday which lasted till 6pm disturbed normal life across the state, particularly in the twin capital districts.

Shops, markets and commercial establishments were shut and public and private transport was off the road. Oil pumps, financial institutions, including banks remained closed for the day. Attendance in government offices was also thin.

Reports said that except non-arrival of inter-state service commercial vehicles, the shutdown had little impact in other districts of the state.

The ‘Justice For Sanaton Athokpam’ group imposed the total shutdown allegedly after its demands placed before the state government remained unaddressed. Many civil society organisations, student bodies extended support to the shutdown. The committee demanded police to file an FIR and investigate the death of the medical student, immediate suspension of the RIMS director and dean (academics) and interrogation of the warden of the hostel, where Sanaton was reportedly found hanging.

It alleged that even after a month term of the magisterial enquiry ordered by the state government to investigate the case expired, the final report of the enquiry has not been submitted to the authority concerned.

The committee demanded a copy of the final report of the investigation for the family members of the deceased.

During Tuesday’s shutdown, members of the ‘Justice For Sanaton Athokpam’ warned that they will continue various forms of agitations until the state government takes up appropriate actions to identify and book those involved in the case. Sanaton Athokpam, a fifth semester MBBS student of RIMS was found dead in his hostel room with both hands tied on his back on March 15 last.

Meanwhile, a protest rally carried out at Longmai of Noney district alleged foul play in the investigation of death of the medical student.

The rally was jointly organised by Naga Women Union, Longmai area and other CSOs under the aegis of Justice for Sanaton Athokpam.

The rally, mostly consisting of women, demanded the state government to deliver justice to the family of the deceased medical student by booking the culprit(s) involved in the case. 

Leaders of the rally organisers announced full support to the further cause of agitations to get justice.


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