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Diesel auto strike clears city congestion

IMPHAL | May 14 : Imphal city today wore an uncongested traffic passage with the launching of 48 hours cease work strike by joint administrative council of all Manipur under five tonne passenger service.

Wind shield of 14 diesel auto-rickshaws were damaged at Koirengei, 13 others at Sawombung and one diesel van along Tiddim road.

The strike began last midnight.

No diesel service was seen on the road, so many commuters including vendors failed to reach Khwairmband market. Most of the diesel passenger service parking locations was empty.

A vegetable seller at Khwairamband bazzar said many of the vendors got paralysed today. Every day I come to Khwairamband market to sell vegetables which I collect from the whole sellers who came in early morning by Magic vans and diesel auto-rickshaws. Being a sole bread earner I have to continue my business even if vegetable whole sellers failed to reach Khwairamband. “I have brought some vegetable items from my colleagues so that I can run my kitchen for my family, she lamented.

One commuter identified as Keisham Tony from Mayang Imphal said that he came to buy some items for a ritual ceremony but due to cease work of diesel passenger vehicles he faced problems to reach market. “I am dazed that how can I go back with the ritual items”, said Tony.

Speaking to IFP, general secretary of the JAC, Loukrakpam Sachikanta said eight agitators were picked up by police while they were supporting the strike. In the morning seven agitators named as Aheibam Samananda, Laishram Herojit, Oinam Gautam, K. Laingam, Chingakham Naocha, K. Gopen and Th. Ibungo were picked up by police personnel at Keithelmanbi police station and Th. Thoiba was later picked up in the evening by Patsoi police.

He said the cease work strike will continue. He urged the state to give an alternative solution instead of banning the diesel passenger services entering in bazar area.

Bus services remain unaffected. A bus driver in Imphal said they will not support the strike.

Condemning the arrests of several of its council office the JAC has declared that it will undertake more intensive forms of agitations.

The JAC appealed authorities not to use unwarranted force and acts of intimidations on a public struggling for their means of livelihood and survival.

The JAC also demanded the immediate release of its arrested members without any terms and conditions. Since May 13, the state police have detained and arrested more than 40 persons including drivers, and office bearers and representatives of the JAC, it added. Stating that such punitive acts of intimidation and harassment of civilians would not bring an amicable solution to the issue, the JAC also warned that if the state government continues to function in this manner then the situation will be aggravated and add more to the woes of the already suffering people.

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