Imphal, Aug 31: The 12 hour bandh called against the detention of BJP MLAs Khumukcham Joykishan and Thongam Bishwajit today disrupted normalcy in the state as BJP workers and other supporters including volunteers of the Manipur Police Constable Recruitment appeared candidates came out at streets and prevented vehicular movements at various areas here in Imphal.
Both the MLA Khumukcham Joykishan and MLA Thongam Bishwajit were arrested for spearheading agitation to prevent conduct of the Manipur Police Constable fresh recruitment test held at Pangei Police training Center. Both were produced before the CJM Imphal East and sent to judicial custody as they refuse to plea bail.
According to a reliable source, state government received heavy pressure from the central government and following that the state government have no choice but to withdraw the FIR lodge against them and released them without condition.
Following the released, the 12 hour bandh was shortened at 1 pm today.
The bandh however did not give any disturbance to the proposed programme of the Union Home Minister of State, Kiran Rijiju.
Report said that large number of BJP workers with flags blocked road at Keishampat junction leaving helpless to the police personnel deployed at the area. BJP workers also burnt tyres and blocked road by placing iron poles across the road at Sagolband Bijoy Govinda area. At Jiri Parking area Waheng Leikai, BJP Supporters stopped all sort of vehicles.
At various places of the state including Imphal West, Imphal East and Thoubal District bandh supporters prevented all sort of movement putting life to complete halt. Some shops were seen open at morning today but after BJP workers and Police Constable appeared candidates came out to the streets those shops were forced to close down till the bandh was announced shortened at 1 pm.