Imphal, Jan 21:
The valley area of the state continued to witness disruptions to normal life on the second day of the 48-hour bandh initiated by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) in protest against the recent killing of Takhellambam Manoranjan Singh, a village guard. The statewide bandh, which began at 5 am on January 20, is slated to continue until 5 am on January 22.
The ongoing strike has significantly affected daily activities in Imphal and surrounding areas, causing the closure of vital marketplaces and towns. Only essential services and religious events have been exempted from the bandh’s restrictions. Khwairamband Keithel, the main market hub in Imphal, presented a deserted appearance throughout the day. Business activities were paralyzed in key areas such as Paona Bazar, Thangal Bazar, MG Avenue, Khoyathong Road, and Ema Keithel for the second consecutive day. Transportation services, including inter-state, inter-district, and inter-localities routes, experienced a complete suspension, barring a few private vehicles on the roads.