Imphal: The bandh called by Meitei women’s organization Meira Paibis and local clubs to protest the arrest of village security volunteers has entered its second day in Manipur. The organizations have called for a 48-hour bandh to demand the release of those arrested. Educational institutions, banks and commercial establishments remained closed on the second day of the bandh. Vehicles are rarely on the road. At the same time, attendance at government appointments has been made compulsory. In all five districts of Imphal, Meitei women are blocking the road with slogans. Protesters have taken to the streets criticizing the police and the government for not being able to ensure law and order in the hilly areas. Village Security Volunteers are selected to protect villages from Kuki and Zo attackers. But the Meite women allege that the police are constantly firing tear gas at them and arresting them. Last Saturday, the police arrested five youths who came with weapons and dressed like soldiers. They were later remanded by the judicial magistrate. Protesters surrounded the Porompath police station on Saturday demanding the release of the youth. The police used tear gas to disperse the protesters.
Manipur bandh complete for second day
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