Price rise and missing children issues
Womenfolk decry Govt's indifference

Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 17: Extremely incensed with the seeming indifference of the State Government to the burning issues of price rise and missing children, womenfolk of Khwairamband bazar today all off a sudden gathered and tried to stage a protest rally.

The police however swung into action on time and foiled the proposed rally but the women folk managed to submit a memorandum to the Chief Minister urging the Government to immediately take up corrective measures.

Police stopping the womenfolk from proceeding further

Spearheaded by the Khwairamband Nupi Keithel Sinlup and Saktam Kanba Lup and Khwairamband Keithel Semgat Sagatpa Marup, the women folk gathered at the temporary shed of the market today and started their protest rally at about 1 pm.

The women folk carried placards demanding the availability of essential items like rice, pulses and kerosene at affordable prices as well as protesting against the attempt to recruit minors by militant groups and demanded the release of the children under their custody.

As the rallyists approached the Western gate of Kangla, a police team rushed there and stopped them from proceeding ahead.

Following the stand off between the womenfolk and the police a traffic jam ensued on the busy Kanglapat road, especially near the Kangla gate where vehicles coming from three directions converge.

The cops managed to herd the women folk near the Johnstone High School and made them to gather on the footpath there.

Later a five member delegation of the womenfolk was allowed to proceed and meet the Chief Minister where they submitted a memorandum.

The main demands of the memorandum included bringing down the price of essential items and to take appropriate action in connection the missing cases of children.

They also demanded the speedy completion of the markets under construction.