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Manipur to go on 18-hour strike from midnight

The proposed general strike would be followed by another 24-hour bandh called by Joint Action Committee against the killing of two civilians by unidentified gunmen in December last.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 22:57 IST

The All Manipur Students' Union (AMSU) has given a call for an 18-hour general strike in the State from midnight on Tuesday on the Bishnupriya language issue, even as efforts are continuing at the official level to have talks with the AMSU.

The proposed general strike would be followed by another 24-hour bandh called by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) against the killing of two civilians by unidentified gunmen in December last in Imphal West district from the midnight of January 18.

The state is bracing up for a series of general strike and road blockade calls in the coming days as another call for indefinite blockade of the National Highway no. 53 has also been given by the All Zeliangraong Students' Union from the midnight of January 20.

The Zeliangraong students' body demanded appropriate action against the officials involved in "withdrawal of huge bill amount" without allegedly implementing the development programmes in state's Tamenglong district.

Official sources said negotiations between leaders of AMSU and Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh would take place on Tuesday evening in finding a solution regarding the government's move on the present court case related to Bishnupriya language.

AMSU was opposed to the long-pending issue of recognising Bishnupriya language by using the suffix Manipuri which is read as Bishnupriya Manipuri launguge by the state governments of Assam and Tripura.

First Published: Jan 17, 2006 19:06 IST