The Manipur-wide 19-hr bandh call given by the JAC against the murder of Ningthoujam Babysana Chanu EVOKED NEAR TOTAL RESPONSE IN THE STATE TODAY. The injured have been admitted to hospital, a report said. The general strike which began at 5 am affected normal life in Manipur. Bandh supporters gathered in Imphal city from early morning. The general strike was near total in the four valley districts. Roads wore a deserted look in Imphal city and other parts of the valley. Vehicles were off the road. Educational Institutions and commercial establishments remained shut. Police personnel were deployed in vulnerable locations of Imphal city to prevent untoward incidents. Protests have gripped Manipur for weeks, beginning with anger at the mysterious death of Ningthoujam Babysana, a 13-year-old girl who allegedly committed suicide inside the boarding of Standard Robarth Hr Sec School, Canchipur on July 18 last. The sustained protest spearheaded by the joint action committee has called for finding out the circumstances leading to the death of the class 7 student from Thangmeiband in Imphal West. Babysana’s family and the JAC have rejected the post-mortem report of the minor girl, which says it was a suicide case.
On the other hand, sit in the protest were seen in different parts of the state. Sit-in protests were also staged at Khurai, Lamlong Bazaar, Khundrakpam, Imphal-Ukhrul road, Soibam Leikai and Bamon Leikai and several other localities. According to our reporters, local club volunteers and members of women organisations in the district took an active role in the protest demanding justice for Babysana.
Bandh supporters staged human chain protests at Hiyangthang, Langthabal and Keishamthong areas in support of the 19-hour state-wide bandh. The state-wide bandh called by the Babysana JAC affected normal life in Bishnupur district too. Vehicles were off the road, attendance at govt. establishments were low and educational institutions remained closed. No reports of unwanted incidents were reported from the district.
Five clubs of Khonghampat in support of the 19-hour general strike over the mysterious death of N Babysana organised a general meeting at Rural Market, Khonghampat Mantri Leikai. Zilla Parishad of Khonghampat, Bobby Laishram said the meeting was conducted to condemn the state government’s inordinate delay in the investigation into Babysana’s case.
She said the body condemned the arrests of JAC members and demanded that they should be released immediately. She further demanded that all culprits in Babysana’s case should be hanged.
General Secretary of the Clubs, Koijam Sanahal Meitei blamed the government for delaying justice which in turn affects the innocent students. Various organisations like Sekmai Koujing Leima Apunba Lup, Apunba Lup Meira Paibi Kanglatombi, Heingang Mayai Leikai Apunba Nupi Lup also staged protest in support of the bandh and demanded swift justice for N Babysana.
Normal life was also affected in Jiribam due to the state-wide bandh called by JAC against the Mysterious Death of Ningthoujam Bebysana Chanu. AMSU, MSF DESAM, KSA and other Students Organisations supported the strike. Bandh supporters blocked roads at different places of the district bordering Assam. Educational institutions, govt. establishments, oil pumps, market places and shops remained closed. No untoward incidents were reported