Imphal, September 19 (Language) A 48-hour strike has been observed from midnight last Monday by a group of women from the Meitei community, Meera Paibi and five local clubs, demanding that five youths who were arrested for possessing arms and loitering in the army would be released. uniform in Manipur. After the call, normal life remained affected in the districts of Imphal Valley on Tuesday. The officers provided this information.
Due to the bandh, markets and commercial establishments remained closed on Tuesday morning and only a few vehicles were seen on the roads.
In view of the bandh, supplementary examinations for all subjects in Manipur Board of Secondary Education’s Class 10 board examinations, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, were cancelled. They will be rescheduled at a later date.
On Monday, Mira Paibi had blocked several important roads in Khurai and Kongba in Imphal East district, Kakwa in Imphal West district, Nambol in Bishnupur district and parts of Thoubal district, demanding the release of the five youths.
The Manipur police on Saturday arrested five people for possessing sophisticated weapons and wearing army uniform. The five were brought before a judge, who remanded them in police custody, the police said in a statement.
“The five arrested youths are civilians and village volunteers who have been protecting their villages from attacks by ‘Jo Kuki’ militants due to security concerns,” said Yumnam Hitler, president of All Langthabal Center United Clubs Coordinating Committee. The forces have failed to do their job properly. We want him to be released unconditionally.”
“If the government fails to release them, the agitation will intensify,” Yumnam said.
The protesters had tried to storm the Porompat police station on Saturday, demanding the release of five youths, after which security forces had to fire several rounds of tear gas shells. Some protesters and one Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel received minor injuries during the conflict.
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