Imphal, Nov. 19
The 18 hours total shut down called by the Manipur People Against Citizenship Bill (MANPAC) from midnight yesterday has crippled normalcy in the state of Manipur particularly in Imphal city. Order issued by the Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) for stern action even at the cost of cancelling the vendor or shop license in Khwairamband Keithel area if the shops and vendors remain closed during the total shut down called has not been followed. Almost all business establishments in Khwairamband Kethel area remain shuts, shops and private establishment at both Paona and Thangal Keithel down their shutters, even shops in the periphery of Imphal city were seen closed during the shutdown called.
Despite the fact that the Government of Manipur issued order instructing District Deputy Commissioners of all districts and Commissioners of Education (S) to take up stern action against government employees and teachers who fail to attend today, almost all the offices bore deserted looks and less attendance of employees. Some government employees could not attend as their transportation to office depends only on public transport like private passenger vehicle services while others could not do so as petrol pump in the state remain closed. When Imphal Times reporters visited Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur and Education U office, some employees were found attended but did not entertain any visitors on the ground that some staffs are absent today.
Almost all nationalized banks operating in the state remain closed during the total shut down.
In government schools and colleges some teachers were found attending the schools but it is more like holiday as no students attended today.
MANPAC called the eighteen hours total shut down today in protest against the passing of the Contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) under the aegis of the North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP). The NEFIP is a common platform of around 250 different civil groups from the entire North Eastern states of Manipur.
At Kaching, the streets was deserted, almost all shops and business establishments, schools and colleges and Banks were remained shuts in response to the total shut down called by the MANPAC.
The same is with other districts of the state.
Inter district buses service and also the inter state bused service stay off the road paralyzing normalcy in all district head quarters as well as the normal life in the interior part of the state.