National Highways in Manipur continue to bore deserted look a day after the UNC’s total bandh concluded yesterday midnight as All Tribal Chief Forum called another 24 hour general strike today. Inter state bus service remain suspended and some of the vehicles which moved towards Senapati District were force to return back from Kangpokpi area.
In Chandel district too normal life has been severely affected. Report reaching here said that vehicular movement along Imphal-Moreh section of National Highway 102 and Chandel District Headquarters roads was paralyzed for third consecutive days due to the general strike.
The general strike was called from midnight of April 29 in protest against implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guaranteed Scheme (MG-NREGS) through Manipur State Rural Development Agency and mismanagement over the delivery of fund by the state government.
Since early morning, bandh supporters most of whom were Village Chiefs blocked Imphal Dimapur road at Kangpokpi and Imphal-Moreh Section of National Highway 102 at Molnoi village and Chandel District headquarters road at Liwa Changning and Chandel DC Lamkhai by piling of woods along the roads.
However, Vehicles carrying patients, religious related vehicles and emergency services were exempted during the general strike.
Almost all District Headquarters in Hill areas wore deserted looks as vehicles stayed off the road and all shops including other commercial establishments in the district headquarters down their shutters. The government offices located in the district headquarters also recorded low attendance of employees during the general strike.