First day of statewide bandh imposed by JAC against the Missing of N Anthony and M Avinash paralysed Imphal city. No unwanted incidents were reported.
After the two students went missing on Sunday in the Kanglatongbi area, no traces have been made yet. However, it is reported that combined search operations have been conducted in many suspected areas.
Demanding to find out the whereabouts of the two missing students, the JAC formed in connection with the incident had imposed a nine hour state-wide bandh on Friday. However, the bandh was extended for another 24 hours until 1 pm on Saturday.
According to JAC member M Sunilkumar, the bandh was extended due to the government’s failure to trace the whereabouts of the duo, despite apprehending two of the involved culprits.
It may be recalled that two students also went missing earlier and the case has already been handed over to CBI. As a part of the investigation, CBI has arrested some culprits reportedly involved in the crime. However, the bodies of the two missing students are yet to be traced.
Since the present clash erupted, many have been reported missing. However, none of the missing persons were found yet.
Bandh supporters were seen blocking some of the roads in Imphal including Uripok road, Hatta road and others. A few employees were seen at government institutions; no students in schools, colleges and institutions were seen. While markets and public transportation were closed down.
Meanwhile, the womenfolk of Keishamthong Thangjam Leirak Panthoibi Meira Marup staged a sit-in-protest at Keishamthong Thangjam Leirak Machin.
Speaking on the sideline of the protest, one O Sumati said the womenfolk strongly condemned the abduction of the two innocent students and the failure to trace out their whereabouts.
State government should take necessary action to find out the two missing students safely and should handover them to their respective family members, she said.