IMPHAL, Dec 27 - Normal life in Manipur was completely out of gear again due to the resumption of indefinite general strike and bandh in Naga areas and subsequent reimposition 12 hours curfew in the four valley districts in the State today.
Although there was no report of any untoward incident in the State during the strike, two goods laden trucks (WB-59A/4413 and JH-2L/9395) were torched by the suspected bandh supporters near Senapati, 60km north of Imphal.
The incident took place at two places, about 1 km north of Senapati police station, said a police officer from Senapati while talking to this correspondent over phone. The police however rescued one of the truck with the help of fire services personnel.
Demanding alternative arrangement for the Nagas in Manipur, the United Naga Council, a Manipur based Naga body called 72 hours bandh in the Naga areas since December 26 midnight.
The bandh which is scheduled to end on December 29 also affects the movement of vehicular traffic along the national highways and State highways.
Reports reaching here said that bandh was total in the district headquarters of Chandel, Senapati, Tamenglong and Ukhrul as the markets and other establishments and institutions remained closed for the day.
On one hand the busy Khwairamband Keithel in Imphal wore a deserted look from dawn to dusk as all kinds of vehicular movements were off the road due to the film bodies and civil society organisations sponsored general strike and subsequent re-imposition of curfew for 12 hours in the four valley districts-Imphal West, East, Thoubal and Bishnupur, till 6 pm today.
The general strike which concludes today at 6 pm was launched since December 21 midnight demanding justice into the alleged molestation of a renowned actress Momoko Khangembam (20) by one Livingstone, a NSCN(IM) cadre during a music concert in Chandel town, 60 km south of Imphal on December 18. A TV journalist Th Dwijamani alias Nanao (32) was also killed in police firing while he was covering a protest incident during the course of the general strike near his Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai residence in Imphal on December 23.
Condemned: The Tangkhul Shanao Long Delhi (TSLD) condemned the December 24 Napetpali incident where a tribal girl was allegedly molested while she was returning to her village by a youth who claimed himself as member of KCP, an underground group.
Ironically the incident took place on the general strike called by the valley based civil organizations to press the demand for the arrest of Living Stone who allegedly assault Momoco a Manipuri film actress, TSLD said in a release which was made available to media here.
TSLD strongly condemned the inhuman act and demand immediate action be taken against the perpetrators and a speedy trial and severe punishment be given to them.