Black Day shutdown affects normal life in state

IMPHAL, 15th Oct: The total shutdown/general strike called as part of Black Day observance by different underground groups to denounce Manipur’s merger to India on this day in 1949 paralysed normal life in the state Monday.
The strike effective from Sunday midnight till 6pm Monday affected normal activities of important markets in the state including Khwairamband Keithel.
All transport services including inter-state and inter-district passenger services remained off the road as also auto and other public transport services.
The shutdown also affected other major markets in valley districts like Thoubal, Kakching, Bishnupur, Imphal East, Imphal West and Jiribam.
Educational institutions, both government and private, also closed for the day while there was minimal attendance in government offices. However, no untoward incident was reported from any part of the during the strike period.
Police personnel were seen deployed at strategic points to prevent untoward incident till the shutdown ended.
Our Bishnupur correspondent reported that the shutdown severely affected normal life in the district.
No vehicular movement could be seen along Tiddim road and other roads in the district except few private vehicles while major markets like Nambol, Bishnupur, Ningthoukhong, Moirang and others remained closed for the day. Government and private educational institutions too remained shut while attendance in government offices was minimal.

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