Imphal, July 13,
The 24 hour general strike called by the Socialist Students Union of Manipur SSUM, Proletarian Feminist Movement (PoFM) and the Socialist Women Association (SWA) today crippled normal life in the valley district of the state. Almost all commercial vehicles including interstate buses, inter district buses and small medium passenger vehicles including Diesel Auto and other passenger vehicles stay off the road. Schools and colleges remain close and almost all business establishment of the valley district remain closed.
Attendance of government staffs in government offices was very low. All banks remain closed during the bandh.
The 24 hour general strike is being called demanding proper settlement of land dispute between Manipur and Myanmar in the international boundary; publication the the articles of the draft bill of ILPS (Inner Line Permit System) to make the people understand the contains before govt. of Manipur pass the said bill in the coming two days Assembly Sessions. The bandh is also called demanding justice for the weightlifter Khumukcham Sanjita for her doping test and also to show all the details of postings and transfers of the govt. teachers by launching a website to the public.
Mention may be made that large number of women folk staged a torch rally yesterday evening at Singjamei, Nongmeibung, New Checkon and various part of Thoubal and Bishnupur district.
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. He also looks after the website and application of Imphal Times. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.