Imphal, July 18,
The 48 hours general strike called by Manipur University Students Union (MUSU) demanding removal of VC Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey which begins midnight yesterday has completely paralyse the state of Manipur with almost all walk of lives putting to a grinding halt.
Except one or two vendor ladies with in the presence of heavy security forces, the Khwairamband Keithel here in Imphal wore deserted looks. For the first time after Chief Minister N. Biren Singh hold the Chief Minister Office Khwairamband Keithel, which is in the heart of Imphal city was seen pack with people wearing Khaki colour suits with baton and glass shield at every nook and corner. Some vehicles with stickers “Hospital”, “Shardha” “emergency” etc. were seen moving on the streets.
Almost all roads in valley district were almost empty. Inter-district passenger service vehicles, Diesel Auto, Tata Magic service and most private vehicles stay off the roads. Shops and business establishment remain shuts in all districts. Banks in the state remain close. Government offices too witness only little attendance.
The 48 general strike called by the MUSU is being supported by almost all students’ body including MSF, AMSU, DESAM, SUK, KSA and AIMS. Besides civil society organisation from across the state too had extended support to the general strike. At some of the areas particularly along the Singjmei to Canchipur stretch many womenfolk came out in the street since early morning today morning and stopped all short of vehicular movements.
At some places like Thangmeiband, Khurai and some other places, strike supporters burn tyres in the middle of the road. At Canchipur, in front of the Manipur University gate, students of the University close the road by placing benches and trees. Even security forces vehicles have to turn back seeing the intensity of the strike called by the students.
At Thoubal district and Kakching district too , large number of strike supporters came on the road and prevented any form of vehicular movements. . Report reaching here said that all the major market in the district – Wangjing market, Thoubal Market Yairipok Market remain shuts for the day. the general strike will continue till tomorrow midnight.