Normal life has been crippled in Manipur because of the 48-hours state-wide general strike called jointly by six students’ unions of the state. Private offices, educational institutions, markets, shops and business establishments remained closed in the capital city of Imphal and throughout the valley districts. Private transporters preferred to stayed off roads. However, public transport plied on the streets and most government employees turned up as usual at their respective offices. In the hill districts effects of strike were not seen much as the tribal student bodies defied the strike.
The strike has been called jointly by AMSU, MSF, KSA, SUK, DESAM, AIMS and MUSU in protest of police action at the boys’ hostels in Manipur University on the night of September 20th in which seven students and six teachers were taken in judicial custody following an FIR filed by the newly appointed pro-vice-chancellor.
The students’ unions demanded unconditional and immediate release of all the arrested students and teachers of the university, besides immediate withdrawal of security personnel from the university campus.
Although no untoward incident has been so far reported, still security forces are on a high alert.
The chief minister, N Biren Singh has said that the government is open to dialogue with the students and other stake holders anytime. He has urged the people of Manipur to refrain from bandhs and blockades.