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STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 21st Nov:
The 26-hr Manipur generl strike called by Coordination Committee, a conglomerate of seven proscribed armed groups, in connection with the visit of India’s President Ram Nath Kovind in Manipur, affected and crippled normal life in the state to a large extent.
The 26-hr strike which came into effect from 6am Tuesday and will end at 8 am of Wednesday, saw major markets of Imphal namely Khwairamband Keithel, Paona Keithel and Thangal Keithel and all educational institutions remaining shut.
All inter-state, inter-district and various other passenger carriers also ceased service on account of the general strike period.
The state government made stringent security arrangements and deployed security personnel at strategic locations to prevent any unwanted incidents.
The number of private vehicles passing along the roads was also drastically reduced as compared to normal days. However, all flights operated normally.
Though government offices were opened, the number of employees attending office was minimal.
The bandh also affected normal life in Thoubal and Kakching districts with roads and market places wearing a deserted look. Major markets in both the districts namely Kakching, Pallel, Wabagai, Kakching Khunou, Waikhong, Sugnu, Thoubal, Khongjom, Wangjing and Yairipok also remained closed for the day.
The general strike also affected vehicle movement along Imphal-Jiribam section of NH 37.
On the other hand, the state government took up all necessary security arrangement to prevent any untoward incident from happening during the bandh called by CorCom. Security personnel were deployed all along the route of the President’s visit stretching from Imphal airport to City Convention and Hapta Kangjeibung in Palace Compound in addition to positioning civil dress security personnel in different areas of Imphal city.
In addition to Imphal East and Imphal West police personnel, security men from Thoubal police station, Kakching police station, Tengnoupal police station, Manipur Rifles and IRB personel were also requisitioned for preventing unwanted incidents from happening during the President’s visit.
There is no report of any untoward incidents happening during the bandh till the time of filling this report.
Earlier in the day, President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in Imphal amid the shutdown.
The Coordinating Committee, the apex body of the six major insurgent groups in Manipur, have called for a 26-hour strike to protest against Kovind's visit to the state.