Imphal Sept 3, Second day of the 48 hours General Strike called by the JAC formed in connection with the mysterious death of Babysana continues to paralyze normal life in the state. The General Strike will conclude at 6 am tomorrow morning.
Almost all shops and business establishment in major market places of Imphal including Khwairambandh Keithel, Thangal and Paona Keithel, continue to remain shut. Schools and colleges in across the valley district remain close and government offices witness less attendance of staffs. At some offices, staffs who attended the office on compulsion denied to attend visitors and officials works were crippled with no staff ready to perform normal duty.
Interstate transports including passengers service vehicles were cancelled for the second day. Inter-district passenger transport service and all modes of passenger vehicles including Tata Magic service stay off the road.
Even though police warned the protestors not to participate in the General Strike and not hamper public life, women blocked roads and made to return vehicles passing through the road of Singjamei Chingamakha, Khumbong and Khaidem of Imphal West area. The protestors blocked road by staging protest at Singjamei, Khumbong and Khaidem area.
The streets looks deserted except for few private vehicles.
Despite police efforts to avoid any incidents related with the General Strike, an effigy of Chief Minister N. Biren and Founder of Standard Robarth Ph. Landhoni were burnt by the bandh supporters at Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai.
Except for some places, the 48 hours General Strike didn’t see much of the people blocking roads as witnessed earlier. However, almost all people stay indoor supporting the General Strike.
Speaking to the media by General Secretary of Naharol Leisemba Club, Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai, Naoroibam Bikramjit said that their Club’s President who is also the Co-covenor of JAC, Leishangthem Pratap had been in the police custody for the last 20 days. He appealed the concern authorities to release the Co-covenor as soon as possible as his health has deteriorated. He added that if any untoward things happen to him than intense agitation will be launched by the club and the Meira Paibi.
Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai, Meira Paibi. Secy. Hijam Rashi said that the state wide 48 hours General Strike called by the Babysana JAC that had been imposed from yesterday is against the state government to bring out the justice of the mysterious death of babysana. She condemned the government for being a mute spectator.
Rashi further said that the Co-convenor of JAC Pratap protested an indefinite hunger strike inside the jail demanding justice and to find truth about the death of Babysana and also for being a mute spectator by the government.
Father of Babysana N. Tomchou while meeting with the media person in his residence at Thangmeiband Meisnam Leikai said that he was presently staying at his home and urged the government not to make him an absconder. He further said that he will give his statement to the police again if they said so and added that he will give his statement in the presence of CSOs.
Tomchou also urged the police to give a date for giving his statement. He concluded with an appealed to release the arrested persons of the JAC.
Sources: Imphal Times