IMPHAL, March 13 � A 48-hour Statewide general strike called in Manipur by All Manipur Minorities Students� Union (AMMSU) hit normal life in the State on Friday.
The AMMSU called the bandh to protest against the bomb explosion on March 11 at the temporary market shed complex here which claimed the lives of three persons besides injuring 23 others.
AMMSU has been demanding immediate arrest of the culprits, exgratia payment of Rs 5 lakh and government job to the next of kin of the deceased Md Salman Khan. A joint action committee on the incident has also submitted a memorandum to the State Chief Minister.
Markets and other business establishments besides educational institutions remained closed during the strike. Inter-State passenger and goods carriers, besides local auto-rickshaws remained off the Imphal roads during the strike. However, the strike did not affect the air traffic at Imphal international aiport. The ongoing annual examinations were exempted.
The strike was total in the Meitei-Pangal (Muslim) inhabited areas in the State. There is no report of any untoward incident during the strike which is scheduled to conclude on Saturday midnight.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, who holds the Home portfolio, told the Assembly on Fridaythat the police has taken up a suo-motu case in connection with the bomb blst. Efforts are on to apprehend the cuprits involved in the incident, he added.