Jiribam protest

JIRIBAM| Feb 12

The 38-hour all Manipur shutdown imposed by Manipur People against Citizenship (MANPAC) has severely affected the normal life of the district with the complete shutdown supported by MANPAC-Jiri.

Supporters of the shutdown burnt down the effigy of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi along with a meira rally which was held as a concluding event of the 38-hour shutdown while convenor of MANPAC-Jiri stated that the agitaions will continue until a resolution for a mass protest against CAB is finalised.

The shutdown implemented by MANPAC-Jiri in the district witnessed the closure of markets, shops, offices and other institutions while streets remain deserted along with the non-allowance of  people coming from Assam towards Jiribam and vice versa. Meantime, at around 4:30 pm of the afternoon, an effigy of PM, Narendra Modi was set ablaze by the bandh supporters, and later a meira rally was held which commenced from Jiri Bridge adjoining Jiribam and Jirighat, and after reaching the PWD office turned back and concluded at Babupara railway crossing. During the rally, the protesters chanted slogans and hold placards that read “Long live Manipur”, “CAB must not be implemented”, and ‘BJP Govt. Down Down!” amongst others.

It might be mentioned here that during the 38-hours shutdown, Jiribam District Police along with other security forces maintained a constant vigil in order to ensure that no untoward happenings occur.

Meanwhile, just like in other parts of the state, demonstrations and protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019 were also held at the international border town of Moreh.

Various CVOs along with meira paibi Lups of Moreh conducted a sit-in protest at Moreh Bazar from 11:00 am. And as a part of the protest organised by the CVOs of the various communities residing in Moreh, vehicles of any kind were not allowed to ply in the streets of the town along with the closure of shops, markets, government offices, banks and other institutions.

However, there were no reports of any untoward incidents during the total shut-down.

~IFP

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