Manipur insurgents call for shutdown to protest Modi's visit

On the other hand, the Joint Action Committee protesting against the "forcible" inauguration of Mapithel dam has called for a 48-hour general strike in Manipur, which will end on March 16 midnight.

IANS
Imphal, Publish Date: Mar 14 2018 12:56AM | Updated Date: Mar 14 2018 12:56AM
Manipur insurgents call for shutdown to protest Modi's visitFile Photo

The Coordinating Committee (Corcom) formed by six proscribed underground organisations in Manipur on Tuesday called for a 17-hour shutdown in Manipur to coincide with the state visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The Corcom said the shutdown will come into effect from 1 a.m. of March 16. It appealed to the people not to participate in official functions and said examinations and other essential services will be exempt from the proposed shutdown. 

On the other hand, the Joint Action Committee protesting against the "forcible" inauguration of Mapithel dam has called for a 48-hour general strike in Manipur, which will end on March 16 midnight. 

Modi is scheduled to arrive in Imphal on March 16 morning on a one-day visit and will lay the foundation stones of a slew of projects, including a sports university. 

The Prime Minister is also slated to address a public event at Luwangshangpham ground in Heingang constituency of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on March 16. 

He will also inaugurate the 10th Science Congress on the Manipur University campus. 

Official sources said additional security forces from other districts had been deployed in the areas which Modi and Singh will visit. 

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