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Auto rickshaw burned on 2nd day of 48 hours general strike

IMPHAL | Sept 28 : Though the first day of the forty eight hour general strike ended peacefully without any untoward incidents taking place, an auto rickshaw was set on fire by an unknown man at Keishampat today on the second day of the general strike.

Two persons were injured when a running auto rickshaw was set into fire at Keishampat by a suspected supporter of the forty eight hour general strike imposed by six students’ organisations.

The auto rickshaw driver and the lady passenger were injured and they were rushed to Regional Institute of Medical Sciences hospital. But they were discharge after receiving first aid. The driver, Th. Rojen, 41, resident of Irengbam Mayai Leikai received injuries on the head and the passenger Kh. Thoibi Devi resident of Irengbam Mayai Leikai, 45 received burn injuries on her shoulder and head.

According to the eye witnesses, the auto rickshaw lost control when it began to catch fire. It then collided with another auto rickshaw that was running behind.

Residents of the locality put the fire off using fire extinguisher and prevented it from causing more damages.

“A middle age man joind us from Hodam leirak and sat at the back of the auto and then stopped the auto at Mutum leikai. Later, he got down and set the auto on fire with some petrol he had been carrying and ran off from the spot” said Thoibi, a passenger in the auto rickshaw.

While speaking to Imphal free press about the incident, transport commissioner, Moirangthem Lakshmi Kumar said the government will give financial help to the injured person and action will be taken up against the those auto rickshaw drivers who did not continue their service during the bandh.

A report will be submitted to higher authority to take future course of action.  

On the other hand, due to impact of the bandh most of the shops were closed but some schools were opened. Commuters were seen on road as the first day of the general strike did not affect much with the tight security of state police and para-military forces.

As a part of security measures, state police had picked up tyres from the workshop in the city area. Though security forces along with para military forces were deployed people shop owners do not shops in support of the on-going 48 hours general strike imposed by six various students’ organisations (AMSU, MSF, DESAM, KSA, SUK and AIMS¬).

It may be mentioned that to remain normalcy in the state, police had arrested nine volunteers of the said students’ organisation from two different location of the city area on September 26 and one advisor of SUK was also arrested today.

On the second day no bandh supporters were seen on streets of the city area and no other unwanted incident had occurred at the countryside of the state.

Government had made arrangement for transport system in the valley by deploying state bus services. But passengers were hardly seen in the service though private were seen in the streets.

The 48 hours general strike in the entire state will be concluded today midnight.

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