KSO stir paralyses normal life in Kpi
The 24-hour state-wide bandh imposed by Kuki Students’ Organisation, general headquarter since midnight of June 6 affected normal life along Trans Asian Highway No.1 in Kangpokpi district today.
The otherwise busy Trans Asian Highway No.1 wore a deserted look as vehicular movement of all types along the highway was suspended for the day. Business establishment and educational institutions also remained closed owing to the bandh by KSO-GHQs supported and endorsed by various sister organisations, districts and blocks KSO while government offices including the office of district administration Kangpokpi witnessed minimal attendance.
Around 30 to 40 loaded trucks and some private vehicles and passenger vehicles were reportedly stranded at old Taxation check post at Hengbung between Kangpokpi and Taphou Kuki village. Volunteers of KSO manning the highway were seen at Gamgiphai, the entry point of Kangpokpi district and Taphou Kuki village, bordering Senapati district.
Villages along the Trans Asian Highway No.1 such as Motbung model village, Saparmeina, Keithelmanbi, also experienced the wave of KSO bandh.
Speaking to media persons at Kangpokpi in the afternoon, president of KSO Sadar Hills, Paotinthang Lupheng said “this act of the government is not what we expected when we abiding by the law, are compelled to impose the said bandh for 24 hours and the more unfortunate part is that even after the stir, the government responds nothing. More intense form of agitation even upto the extent of economic blockade in the near future would be launched,” he warned.
He recalled that being law abiding citizens KSO produced few of its block executives who are accused of burning down St. Joseph school, Sugnu on April 25 before the law to let the law take its own course while hoping that if found innocence they would release.
“However, the sincerity of the KSO has been taken as an advantage by the concerned authorities in detaining the KSO Gunpi block executives and making them scapegoats to cover up the failures of the police in tracking down the real culprits,” he added.
The student body while reiterating its demand for the unconditional release of the ten KSO Gunpi Block executives at the earliest, warns that it will be compelled to resort to various other forms of intense agitations including economic blockade in all national highways in the state if the government and the concerned authorities remain adamant.
Meanwhile, KSO Moltam Block also strongly enforced the state-wide bandh imposed by its parent oragnisation today along Imphal-Jiribam Road in National Highway 37.
The information and publicity secretary in its press communique stated that volunteers of KSO Moltam supported the bandh by denying movement of vehicles along NH-37 except those vehicles related with emergencies. It also said that if the concerned authorities fail to act according to the demand and wishes of the KSO-GHQs, it will further support and endorse any kind of agitations taken up by the KSO-GHQs in future.
Similar endorsement and support were also reported from various others places across Kangpokpi district including Saikul, Twilang area and so on.
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