A deserted road in Imphal on Thursday

Imphal: Normal life was paralised on the first day of the 48-hour Manipur bandh called by six students’ organisations in the state on Thursday. However, no untoward incident was reported till the filing of this report.

Most vehicles stayed off the roads, and schools and colleges were shut. Less attendance was visible in government offices. Fuel pumps were kept open under strict vigil of the state security forces. However, emergency services were exempted from the bandh that was called from Wednesday midnight.

Demanding immediate release of teachers and students of Manipur University, six students’ organisations, namely All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Manipuri Students’ Federation (MSF), Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM), Students’ Union Kangleipak (SUK), Apunba Ireipak-ki Maheiroi Singpang Lup (AIMS) and Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA), had called for the bandh.

Earlier on Wednesday, state chief minister N Biren Singh had appealed the student groups to withdraw their call for the strike. He had added that the government was ready to hold talks with the students “anywhere and at any time”.

Till the filing of this report, no untoward incident was reported from the state during the 48-hour bandh on Thursday

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