IMPHAL, April 28 - A 24-hour State-wide bandh called by the �Joint Action Committee (JAC) against the brutal killing of B Pitaranjan� hit normal life in Manipur particularly the State capital on Thursday.
The bandh which began at 6 am today, was called by the JAC demanding justice into the death of Pitaranjan Sharma (22), a resident of Nongmeibung in Imphal East district.
Reports said Pitaranjan left home to visit a friend at Kangkum village in Ukhrul district on April 19. His body was found near the village after one of his brothers visited the area on April 23.
Imphal wore a desolate look from dawn to dusk. Normal life was severely affected as all transport services including inter-State were suspended for the day. Bandh supporters enforced the bandh by burning tyres and blocking roads with bamboos.
Markets, shops, business establishments and educational institutions in the State, particularly in Imphal, were closed for the day. Attendance in Government offices was thin.
However, the bandh did not affect the Imphal International airport and had no impact in some district headquarters.
Meanwhile, the ongoing bandh at Naorem Leikai area on Imphal-Moreh route by another Joint Action Committee (JAC) against the death of S Prashanta also hit the traffic on Imphal-Moreh route since the last three days. Prashanta, a youth in his early twenty was found hanging from a tree at Lilong Haoreibi awing leikai river bank on April 26.