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General strike called against the killing of M. Megha freezes life at Yairipok; protest staged

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Imphal, March 10: The dead of 47 years old Moirangthem Megha who was killed by a large number of people after he kicked a ritual performer during Lai Haoraba festival at Yairipok Top Chingtha in Imphal East district has sparked protest against the action of the mob, particularly those organising the Lai Haroaba Festival.
A JAC formed against the killing demanding punishment of those involved in the killing of M Megha. Terming the act of killing Megha as “brutal and barbaric” the JAC today called general strike since early morning today at Yairipok area paralysing the town.
Large number of people also staged a sit-in-protest at Yairipok Laimanai Thongkhong demanding immediate arrest and punishment of those involved in the killing of Megha.
During the strike almost all shops and business establishment remain shut. Passenger service vehicles, private own vehicles stay off the road. Normalcy was severely affected due to the strike.   
General strike supporters came out at Yairipok Top Chingtha Nganba (Ngabong) market, Tulihal Azad Junction and Yairipok Bridge and halt all short of traffic. Police team also tried to put the situation under control but was helpless as the strike supporters were outnumbered.
Meanwhile, various placards demanding punishment of the culprits involved in the killing of Megha were displayed during the sit in protest at Yairipok Laimanai Thongkhong. A protestor said that until the culprits were arrested and punished the dead body of Megha will not be received and the general strike will continue.
The JAC member said , “ Educational institutions , emergency medical services and ritual related programme will be relax from the preview of the general strike.
It may be mentioned that, at 11.30 pm of March 7, the last day of Nongpok Ningthou Panthoibi Lai Haroaba festival at Yairipok Top-Chingtha Village, Moirangthem Megha was killed by a mob for kicking a performer called “Tangkhul Saba”. A video on how the incident happened, which posted at social media Facebook went viral prompting many to react with slashing criticism to the killing to Megha. As per the video uploaded at FB, the way the ritual performer acted was too obscene. The video suggest that Megha kicked that ritual performer as he seemed to be irritated to such obscene behaviour in the name of Lai Haraoba.
 His dead body is still at JNIMS morgue.

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