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24-hr strike called in Manipur


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IMPHAL: A 24-hour general strike has been called in Manipur by a local committee on Tuesday in protest against the killing of a father and his son by militants, a spokesman of the committee said.

Joint Action Committee (JAC) has called the strike against the killing of PHED chowkidar Ibombcha Singh and his son Yaiphu. The duo had been abducted from their official quarter at Irilbung in Imphal East district area on December 7 last by militants who demanded Rs 20 lakh from PHED for their release.

Their bullet-riddled bodies were found at Yairipok area in Thoubal district on December 16 last.

The JAC which has called the general strike is demanding the arrest of the culprits and appointment of next kin of the victim in government department. It was also demanding adequate security to water supply offices in the state.

How could the militants kill Ibomcha Singh, who was not a regular employee but on work charge and his son, asked the PHED Minister, Mr T.N. Haokip, saying it was really “inhuman” and kidnappers were “criminals’’. The sources said some militants, who called themselves as Kangleipak Communist Party-Mobil Task Force (Kesho faction), had kidnapped the victims.

Angry local residents of Irilbung set afire effigies of militants and PHED chief engineer on Sunday while blocking road between Imphal and Irilbung. Water supply to both valley and hills in Manipur was stopped indefinitely from Sunday by angry employees of the PHED . (PTI)


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