Shutdown, boycott call derail normal life

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 4th Jan: The total shutdown called by CorCom, a conglomerate of insurgent organisations, and boycott of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on Friday by different outlawed groups, greatly affected the normal life in the state.
On January 1, CorCom, in a press release, boycotted the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state and called for a total shutdown from 1 am Friday till the time the PM left Imphal. United Peoples’ Revolutionary Front Manipur (UPRFM) had also called for a 12-hour total shutdown from 6am to 6pm Friday. Maoist Communist Party Manipur had boycotted the PM’s visit as well.
The total shutdown called by these outfit derailed normal activities of the people of the state. Many nationalised banks in Imphal and other districts, schools and colleges remained closed while markets at both Imphal and other districts, including fuel outlets and shops ceased service. Although interstate, inter-district and passenger vehicles operating in various parts of Imphal did not operate on Friday, some private vehicles could be seen plying. However, there is no report of any unwanted incidents during the shutdown period.
Meanwhile, as part of the security measures taken up by Manipur Police and central forces to prevent any unwanted incidents during the shutdown called by the rebel groups, additional numbers of state and paramilitary forces were deployed at all district headquarters; in and around the main event venue at Hapta Kangjeibung and other major areas in Imphal East district; the roads leading to the venues and the road from the Airport which the PM’s convoy passed through. Many security personnel were deployed dressed in civil and the department also utilised trainee constables from the Manipur Police Training College, Pangei.
On the other hand, owing to the PM’s visit, both landing and taking-off of flights at Imphal International Airport were delayed for 2 hours due to VVIP movement at the airport.
The total shutdown called by CorCom and UPRFM on Friday against the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi affected normal life in Bishnupur district.
Because of the shutdown, market places at Nambol, Oinam, Bishnupur, Ningthoukhong, Moirang and Kumbi remained closed and no passenger carrier vehicles were seen plying along the highway. Attendance of government employees at their respective offices was also comparatively lower than normal days.


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