AMMOCOC strike call affects normal life, car torched

IMPHAL,3rd July: With incident of burning of one Maruti 800 car, six women police personnel briefly taken hostage by bandh supporters and detention of two supporters, the 48-hour general strike called by All Manipur Muslim Organisation Co-ordinating Committee (AMMOCOC) and other CSOs against the eviction drive carried out at Kshetri Awa Village affected normal life in many areas of the valley on Tuesday.

The strike which began from June 2 midnight, saw piling of woods/logs and burning of tyres on the road by the strike supporters from early morning at Khabeisoi, Hatta, Kshetrigao, Lilong, Khergao, Mayang Imphal, Sora, Sangaiyumpham and Irong areas with police working to subvert any untoward incident during the strike.

At about 3 pm, a Maruti 800 car was burned by the strike supporters near Khabeisoi village along the Imphal-Ukhrul Road under Imphal East district. After the incident, police tried to control the bandh supporters at Khabeisoi and detained two supporters. In response to the police action, angry supporters took six women police personnel who were doing their duty near the entrance of 7th Manipur Rifles as hostages. The women police personnel were, however, released after the police set free the two detainees.

Imphal East district police also tried to control a mob who were supporting the strike and damaging vehicles plying at Hatta. During the crackdown, two bandh supporters were detained by the police. However, the strike was fiercely imposed at Hatta late into the night. Roads were also blocked at Lilong Bazar by bandh supporters, thus forcing the police to fire tear gas canisters. According to reports received late night, there was no report of any human casualty during the course of the bandh.

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