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Strike in Manipur paralyses normal life

A 24-hour general strike called to protest the killing of a prominent social activist paralysed normal life in Manipur.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2007 15:04 IST

A 24-hour general strike called to protest the killing of a prominent social activist paralysed normal life in Manipur.

All shops, markets and business establishments remained closed while transport services between Manipur and neighbouring states were cancelled in view of the strike that began at 5 am, officials said.

Social organisation Meelal called the strike to protest the killing of activist Chingsubam Akaba, who was shot by unidentified gunmen at his house in Imphal.

Officials said attendence in government offices was "thin" while educational institutions remained closed in response to the strike.

Meelal and Akaba had been working to promote the Manipuri script for several years.

Reports said hundreds of volunteers of Meelal marched in a procession with Akaba's body through different parts of Imphal last evening, shouting slogans Like "We condemn the killing of our leader" and "Arrest the killers immediately".

Officials said police would investigate whether Akaba's killing was connected with politics. Akaba had unsuccessfully contested the last parliamentary elections from Inner Manipur constituency and also planned to contest the forthcoming assembly polls from Wangkhei constituency on a Manipur People's Party ticket, sources in the party said.