Normal life in Manipur’s Imphal Valley has been disrupted as a 24-hour strike was called by a coordinating committee of 27 assembly constituencies. The strike demands an emergency assembly session to address the ongoing turmoil in the state.
Markets, Businesses, and Public Transport Shut Down
In response to the strike call, markets and business establishments remained closed in most localities, and public transportation came to a halt. Only a few private vehicles were seen on the roads, causing inconvenience to residents.
Intensifying Ethnic Violence Prompts Strike
The strike comes after ethnic violence broke out in the state on May 3 and has continued intermittently for the last three months. The conflict has claimed at least 160 lives, as per official data.
Pressure on the Government
The committee’s convenor, L Binod, clarified that the strike is not intended to exacerbate hardships for the people but rather to exert pressure on the government to address the situation effectively.
Urgent Assembly Session Recommended
In a move to find a resolution, the Manipur Cabinet recommended Governor Anusuiya Uikey to convene an assembly session on August 21. The Congress party also urged the governor to call an emergency session to discuss the unprecedented turmoil in the state.
Curfew in Effect Following Recent Hostilities
As the state grapples with ongoing racial tensions, it remains under a curfew following a recent flare-up of hostilities between two warring communities – Meties and Kuki-Zomis. The situation worsened after an announcement of a mass burial for tribals killed in the race riots.
Seeking Lasting Peace
While political leaders contemplate the way forward, the BJP MLA P Haokip suggested that the Union government should consider granting political and administrative recognition to ethnic separation, potentially reorganizing Manipur into three Union territories.
Impact on Daily Life
Schools in the area also remained closed during the strike, adding to the disruptions in daily life for residents of Imphal Valley.
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