A total shutdown was enforced in Moreh, Tengnoupal district on Friday in connection with the suspicious death of one Seiminthang Lupheng.
All banks, offices, schools, markets, shops and services apart from religious activities, and emergency and essential services remained closed.
The total shutdown from 6 am till 6 pm was called by the JAC, demanding the state authorities to investigate the alleged suspicious death.
The shutdown was carried out peacefully with no untoward incidents reported. The Moreh police and police commando team patrolled Moreh bazaar to prevent any unwanted incidents during the total shutdown.
It may be mentioned that Seiminthang Lupheng, 22, son of Seilel and Lhingneikim Lupheng from Canan Veng Moreh was found dead in a suspicious manner under Turelwangma Bridge in Moreh around 5 am on April 27.
Meanwhile, the ‘JAC against the murder of Seiminthang Lupheng’ resolved to continue its agitation by enforcing a shutdown along the Moreh to Imphal road from April 29 after the total shutdown till 6 pm on April 28 ends.
A release issued by the JAC stated that the shutdown will continue until justice is delivered to the victim. There were several injuries on the body which indicate foul play and physical assault and the post-mortem report also suggested murder as the cause of death, it alleged.
It continued that the shutdown is a peaceful protest to show solidarity to the bereaved family and a democratic means to seek justice for the victim. The magistrate order is highly uncalled for and condemnable and the demands of the JAC to the authorities concerned to arrest the murderers still stand, it claimed.
Essential services including medical, electricity, water supply, religious services and transportation for airport and government security forces will be exempted from the shutdown, it added.