Protestors storm Assam Rifles camp on day two of Moreh bandh

Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 22 | Publish Date: 8/22/2019 12:08:33 PM IST

Agitators stormed Assam Rifles camp as the 48-hour bandh in Moreh, Manipur’s border town at Indo-Myanmar border intensified on its second day on Thursday.

Cross border trade as well as normal life in the border town have been affected severely since Wednesday due to the bandh jointly called  by Hill Tribal Council, Kuki Women’s Union and Human Rights, Kuki Students’ Organisation, Moreh Youth Club and All Moreh Traders’ Association.

The CSOs called for the bandh in protest against atrocities and hindrances allegedly meted out by troops of 43 Assam Rifles at Moreh gate no. 1. They alleged that the excessive meted out by the security force greatly affected the passage of normal commodities through the gate in the past few weeks.

On the second and last day of the bandh, large number of bandh supporters came out on the streets and enforced the bandh. The bandh commenced from yesterday at 5 am and is  due to end by 5 am of Friday.

While enforcing  the bandh, protestors stormed the camp of the 43 Assam Rifles near the border gate no. 1 and raised slogans shouted against them.

While troops inside the camp remained silent spectators, the police were also seemed helpless as they exercised restraint from using force 

Owing to the bandh, all shops and business establishments remained shutfor the second consecutive day. Educational institutions, government offices, financial institutions and other undertakings in the border town also remained shut.

At some places within the border town, protestors engaged in heated exchange of words with the troops of Assam Rifles who dispersed the protestors from blocking the roads.

Normal vehicular movement along the Imphal-Moreh section of the NH-102 also remained affected for the second day as other CSOs supporting the bandh blocked the highway by piling stones and stretching logs across the road at various places.


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