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Strike hits normal life in Manipur

By Correspondent

IMPHAL, July 7 � A 19-hour Statewide general strike called by the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System paralysed normal life in Manipur today.

The strike, called by the joint committee demanding a new bill on the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system, started from Monday midnight and ended at 7 pm today.

The strike particularly affected the four valley districts. Market places and business establishments in the State remained closed, while roads in the State capital wore a deserted look as the inter-State, inter-district and local passenger transport services suspended their services.

However, it could not affect the services at the Imphal International Airport.

Some of the Imphal-bound trucks were stranded near Sekmai along the NH-2.

There is no report of any untoward incident till the filing of this report. However, strike supporters burnt tyres and blocked the routes by piling up iron water pipes, logs, etc, near Nagamapal, Canchipur, Khurai, Sawombung, etc, while some staged protests by burning effigies of MLAs at Thangmeiband.

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