General strike hits normal life in Manipur
Markets, shops and business establishments remain closed and transport services between Manipur and neighbouring states are also affected.india Updated: Jun 12, 2007 13:06 IST
Normal life came to a standstill in Manipur on Tuesday in response to a general strike called by various civil society groups to protest the killing of 11 people, including six Meitei labourers, in Chandel district last week.
Official reports said markets, shops and business establishments remained closed across the state while transport services between Manipur and neighbouring states were affected in view of the 24-hour general strike which began from 6 pm on Monday evening.
Attendance in government offices was thin while all educational institutions were closed in response to the strike call given by Joint Action Committee (JAC) and supported by various civil society groups.
Most of the major streets in Imphal wore a deserted look as people preferred to remain indoors, reports said adding private vehicles were off the roads.
Central paramilitary and police forces were deployed at all strategic points to prevent any untoward incident.
The strike also crippled normal life in the interior districts due to absence of passenger services between Imphal and district headquarters.
Five suspected Kuki militants were killed by unidentified gunmen at Moreh on Saturday following which suspected Kuki ultras gunned down six Meitei labourers working in the border town.
The incident enraged various civil society groups. Bodies of the six Meiteis are still lying in the morgue of the Regional Institute of Medical Science and Hospital.