Imphal, Sept 27,
State police is no letting any stone unturned to foil the 48 hours bandh called by joint students’ body against the September 21 midnight crackdown by state security force at Manipur University and arrest of 6 faculty members and some students of the varsity. More people, some not related with the students body calling the bandh are on the hunt since yesterday evening and even news anchor of AIR Imphal have been picked up while enjoying evening times with friends from Manipur University at North AOC.
The government had ordered strict action against who failed to attend offices if government employees during bandh, and even issued ordered to cancel license to transporters who do not comes to the road. Loud speakers were used by police appealing the shopkeepers at Market area including Keishampat to open shops and to run their business without fear. Even the transport department has put on service – four of its buses. Some are seen with government employees travelling some buses seen with only the driver and his assistance.
Government supporters keeps uploading photos of shops being opened during the bandh at some of the places but reporters witness almost all shops and major business establishment closed. Petrol Pump at Moirangkhom was opened under tight security arrangement.
The band today shows no rowdies on the road burning tyres or placing electric poles on the road. But the roads in Imphal were more like empty plates with few left over rice finish up by a hungry person.
Unlike bandh called during yesteryears, which were fed up by its frequencies, today’s bandh is being supported by many intellectuals yet they criticizes any violence to enforce the bandh. As of now except for a group of women activist protesting the arrest of Phanjoubam Sakhi Devi at Khwairamband Keithel, no untoward incidents have been reported.
Report added that residence of PRJA Convener Erendro Leichombam was raided by the police at 5AM this morning without a search warrant. The team led by Imphal West SP reportedly came in police vehicle teams fully armed and loaded.
The team however could not found him as he was not at his house. Report added that the police is determined to detain him under “preventative detention” to foil “Yeroom-Laan” or “Egg Protest” against the turmoil in Manipur today brought on by BJP led Govt.
Leichombam in a Facebook post had invited people to stage Egg war in front of PRJA office against the arrest of University faculties and students.
Meanwhile, Prof Oinam Jiten, of Manipur University , Sapam Dilip (New Anchor of AIR ), Prof. Ibohal (MIMS, Manipur University), Prof Romesh of Manipur University were arrested yesterday around 11 pm by a team of police while they were having evening times at North AOC.
On the other hand, the BJP office at Nityapat Chuthek was found close today when our reporter went to check. Some members of BJP told the reporter that the office has been temporarily shifted as it was under construction. Banks, entertainment houses, schools colleges were shut during the bandh despite government measures to foil it.
Meanwhile, state police forced shopkeepers at Thangal bazar to open their shops.
Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.