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Twin strikes hit vehicular movement in Manipur

IMPHAL: Normal ferrying of essential commodities along national highways in Manipur was Friday severely hit by economic blockade imposed by Kuki militant group coupled with total bandh in hill districts of Manipur called by United Naga Council (UNC).

No untoward incident was reported on the first day of the hill district bandh, police report said.

Kuki People’s Liberation Front/Army (KPLF/A) has been imposing economic blockade on the national highways in Manipur with effect from the midnight of October 21. The strike will continue till October 31.
At the same time, UNC also imposed 48-hour total bandh in all hill districts of Manipur with effect from October 22 midnight.

The strikes have been called as a part of the ongoing protest against the passing of three bills- The Protection of Manipur People Bill-2015, The Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh Amendment) Bill-2015 and The Manipur Shops and Establishments (Second Amendment) Bill-2015 by Manipur Assembly on August 31 last by various tribal based civil and student organizations.

Owing to the strikes, normal vehicular movement on the national highways connecting the state with other parts of the country was severely hit. Commercial vehicles including goods truck stayed off the national highways in hill section.

Around 20 Imphal-bound loaded trucks were reportedly stranded at Mao gate and beyond it on Nagaland side and only around 10 Imphal-bound loaded trucks stranded at Jiribam, reports said.
Reports said that supporters of UNC sponsored bandh took to the streets on the highways at various places to enforce the bandh.

On NH-37, bandh supporters reportedly blocked vehicular movement at Nungba and Oinamlong area of Tamenglong district. Bandh supporters also blocked Imphal-Ukhrul road at Litan of the district and Imphal-Moreh section of NH-102 at Liwa Chaning and Lamkang Khunou area.

Almost all shops and business establishment at Senapati district head quarters closed down their shutters for the day. Government offices witnessed a thin attendance. However, not cover by bandh, schools and colleges functioned as usual. 

United Naga Council called the 48-hour total bandh in hill districts of Manipur in protest against the passing of the three bills to address the Inner Line Permit System in the state.

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