|Strike hits normal life in Manipur hills|
IMPHAL, Aug 12 – The 48-hour general strike called by the United Naga Council (UNC) in Naga-inhabited areas of Manipur has severely affected vehicular movement on the State’s two supply lines – Imphal-Dimapur and Imphal-Jiribam routes, besides paralysing normal life in the four district headquarters on the first day today.
The strike which began on Sunday midnight was called to demand an ‘alternative arrangement’ for Nagas in Manipur.
Normal life in Senapati, Ukhrul, Chandel and Tamenglong district headquarters were affected as functioning of offices, educational institutions, markets and commercial establishments was disturbed, reports said.
The strike, scheduled to end on Tuesday midnight, also affected road communication between the four hill districts and the State capital. Reports said some vehicles including loaded trucks, commercial passenger and private vehicles were stranded at Mao Gate bordering Nagaland’s Khuzama town.
However, there is no report of any untoward incidents. Several Imphal-bound goods trucks were also stranded in Nagaland and Manipur’s Jiribam bordering Cachar district of Assam.
UNC also launched a non-cooperation movement in Tamenglong district affecting public participation in the rehearsal of I-D parade at the district headquarters.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam said bandhs and blockades are dangerous and harmful for the State. He was reacting to frequent bandhs and blockades in the State, while inaugurating a week-long NE zonal Seva Dal training camp in Imphal.