Manipur: Making their agitation pitch louder against the murder of Zaliangrong leader Athuan Abonmai, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) formed following the murder has announced a general strike of 48 hours starting midnight Monday.

The JAC said National Highway 2, namely NH-2 Imphal-Dimapur Road, and NH 37 Imphal-Jiribam road, would be blocked followed by 24-hour statewide general strike from midnight on Wednesday. 

JAC convener Majabung Gangmei in a press conference on Monday evening said the JAC has been compelled to impose a shutdown as the government was yet to fulfill their demands.

The major demands that were sent the Manipur Chief Minister’s Office last Saturday includes handing over of the case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), suspension of Tamemglong DC and SP and appropriate compensation to the bereaved family.

The JAC also met Manipur CM N Biren Singh in the afternoon but the talk on the demands reportedly came out inconclusive after the government sought some more days. 

The JAC said the state government yesterday issued a notified order for the transfer of Tamenglong DC and SP but they had demanded their suspension. 

Manipur Home Secretary Gyan Prakashbon had on Saturday said the government has initiated the process of handing over the case to the NIA and had written to Special Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, for the same.

The JAC said Abonmai’s body continues to remain at the RIMS morgue because they won’t take his body till their demands are met. However, after having a talk with the CM, the JAC agreed to an autopsy on Tuesday at 10 pm. The JAC reiterated that the Naga leader’s funeral won’t be conducted till they arrive at a decision.  

Meanwhile, the women folk of Langol Tarung Village in Imphal West continue to stage their sit-in, demanding justice delivery and punishment for the culprits. The sit-in protest was held at Tarung Community Hall today & Grace Colony on Monday. 

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