press trust of india
Imphal, 8 July
Normal life was affected in all the five hill districts of Manipur as a 36-hour general strike by a hill-based committee began here early morning today to press its demand for a separate ‘Kukiland’ by reorganising the state.
Official reports said markets, shops, business setups and educational institutions remained closed in most parts of the hills, particularly in the Kuki-settled areas of Senapati, Ukhrul, Tamenglong, Churachandpur and Chandel districts.
The strike called by the Kuki State Demand Committee (KSDC) began at 5 a.m.
Transport services between Manipur and neighbouring states were also cancelled as the two major national highways Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati (39) and Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar pass through Kuki-settled areas, sources said.
A spokesman of the KSDC said after the 36-hour general strike they would impose indefinite economic blockade on all routes in the state, including the two national highways, till the Center and the state government initiated steps for holding talks with the KSDC.
Further agitations would be decided during the indefinite economic blockade, KSDC sources said.