IMPHAL, July 13 - A 24-hour general strike called by the Socialist Students’ Union, Manipur, in association with two women’s bodies, threw normal life out of gear in the State today.
The general strike which started from the midnight of July 12 was called, demanding of the Government to make public the draft Bill to protect indigenous people before it is tabled in the State Assembly, settlement of border issues with Myanmar, justice for weightlifter Sanjita and a transparent posting system for government teachers.
The strike was effective in the greater Imphal area and some important locations of the valley districts as the strike supporters comprising mostly women came out in groups to enforce the bandh.
The roads here wore a desolate look from dawn to dusk after transport services were suspended for the day. Most government (excluding a few at the State Secretariat area) and private offices, besides educational institutions, markets, shops and business establishments, remained closed for the day.
But the strike did not affect the normal functioning of the Imphal International Airport and had no impact in some district headquarters.