24-hr bandh hits normal life in hill districts
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, June 15 2010: Normal life in Naga dominated hill districts of Manipur was crippled Monday owing to the 24-hour general strike imposed by the United Naga Council (UNC) in protest against Manipur declaration of its president along with ANSAM president as "wanted" persons with cash rewards of Rs 1 lakh each.

No untoward incident reported during the bandh hour which began from last midnight and due to over by Monday 9June 14) midnight except reports of blocking roads by bandh supporters by erecting barriers at various main roads in hill districts of Ukhrul, Senapati, Tamenglong and Chandel.

All shops, business establishments, government offices and educational institutes remained closed for the day, reports culled out from the districts headquarters said.

Streets also wore deserted look as no vehicle of any kinds ply the streets.

Operations of inter-district buses were also suspended for the day.

No buses from these four district headquarters arrived Imphal.

No buses left Imphal for the districts.

The traffic along the Indo-Myanmar section of the NH-39 was also disturbed as bandh supporters coming on a bus together erected barriers with wood logs, bamboos and branches of trees on the road at Thamnapokpi at Pallel of Chandel district.

Some vehicles heading Imphal from Moreh were forced to turn back by the bandh supporters from there, a report received from Chandel said.

The UNC is calling the bandh pressing state government to review the wanted tag as the acting presidents of UNC and ANSAM, Samson Remei and David Choro respectively which Manipur Police declared following court's directive to arrest them and produce them on June 16 without fail.