IMPHAL, March 14 - Normal life came to a grinding halt in the border town of Moreh today due to a total shutdown imposed by local civil society organisations since last night.
Meanwhile, the Tengnoupal district administration has banned assembly of five or more persons under Section 144 of the CrPC.
Tension has been running high in the border town since Friday following an alleged mob attack on police commandos after they allegedly assaulted two persons for refusing to cooperate during a frisking and checking drive.
The civil society organisations clamped the 24-hour shutdown, demanding action against the police commandos involved in the alleged assault on two civilians. The organisations alleged that the police personnel deployed along the Indo-Myanmar border beat up the two persons, causing them injuries and leading to their hospitalisation at the Moreh Community Health Centre.
The civil society organisations threatened to impose an indefinite bandh along the Imphal-Moreh section of the NH-102 if their demand is not met.
However, the police, in a statement, said that the police commandos detained the two civilians following a scuffle. During the scuffle, the duo, who were travelling in a car, also tried to snatch a police weapon, the release added.