Imphal, Sept 28,
Manipur today witness the 2nd day bandh called by Joint Students’ bodies of the state, continue to affect life in Imphal and other valley districts of the state including Kakching, Bishnupur , Thoubal, Imphal East and Imphal West area. Even though the bandh called saw presence of heavy state security force at almost all areas, one passenger diesel auto was burnt by bandh supporters at Keishampat area around noon today.
Early morning today saw some lady vendors selling their goods below the Bir Tikendrajit Fly Over bridge, but later at around noon the streets at Thangal bazaar and Paona Bazar was seen deserted with some men in khakhi on duty. One or two shops were seen open and many vehicles were also seen parked at the roadside of Paona Bazar. However, almost all shops and business establishment including entertainment houses were closed during the bandh. Almost all banks stopped transaction for the common people. However, government offices were open but most staffs were seen sitting idle doing nothing. Visitors to government offices are nil comparing to other days.
The bandh called by the students’ bodies of the state is totally different from the kind of bandh witness earlier. There were no burning of tyres or placing of broken glasses or planks , woods etc in the middle of the road. There was neither groups of people coming out to block the road nor protest but the streets of Imphal is almost empty with only few vehicles on emergency service seen plying. More people stay indoors, almost all shops were closed. Police used force to open the shops but closed as soon as they left.
Inter district and inter state buses service and passenger vehicles of all sorts too stay off the road.
May be it is the fear that the people stay indoor but, the bandh called is term to be one of the most successful bandh by political analyst.
At Kakching bazaar , even the pharmacy were seen closed. Kaching bazaar bore deserted look and all shops shuts during the protest.
Meanwhile, newly form PRJA uploaded video of their “egg protest” in social media Facebook. The protest was led by Erendro Leichombam denouncing the Sept. 20 midnight crackdown at Manipur University. A whistle blower of the team identified as Popilal Ningthoujam was picked up from his residence at Phayeng today morning.
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.