Normal life affected in Imphal Valley as Meira Paibi, local clubs call for 48-hr bandh

  • | Friday | 22nd September, 2023

IMPHAL: Normal life was affected in Imphal Valley districts on Tuesday as Meira Paibi, a collective of Meitei women, and five local clubs called for a 48-hour bandh from midnight demanding the release of five youths who were arrested for carrying firearms and sporting camouflage uniforms, officials said. Markets and commercial establishments remained closed and few vehicles plied the roads on Tuesday morning.On Monday, Meira Paibis staged road blockades at significant locations, including Khurai and Kongba in Imphal East district, Kakwa in Imphal West district, Nambol in Bishnupur district, and various areas in Thoubal district. Their demand during these blockades was the release of the detained youths.Manipur violence: Soldier On Leave Kidnapped From His Manipur Home, KilledManipur Police had arrested five persons on Saturday for carrying sophisticated weapons and donning camouflage uniforms. In a statement, police said the five had been produced before the judicial magistrate and remanded to police custody. Yumnam Hitler, president of All Langthabal Kendra United Clubs Coordinating Committee, said, "The five arrested youths are civilians and village volunteers who have been guarding their respective villages from attacks by Kuki Zo militants as security forces have failed to do their job properly. We want them to be released unconditionally." "The agitation will intensify if the government fails to release them," Yumnam added. On Saturday, protesters had tried to storm the Porompat police station demanding the release of the five youths prompting security forces to fire several rounds of teargas shells. Few protesters and a RAF personnel received minor injuries during the stand-off.(With inputs from PTI)

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