IMPHAL, Aug 10: The All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) has warned business establishments specially shop owners at the main markets of the state to stop selling commodities at a higher price according to their own whims taking advantage of the present indefinite general strike at Sadar Hills called by the Sadar Hills District Demand Committee.
Stating this, vice president AMSU, Md Abulaha Shah during a press conference held this afternoon at AMSU head quarters Imphal, mentioned that, getting information from various quarters over the sudden rises in prices of essential commodities during last few days in the main markets of the Imphal city, a team of AMSU had conducted a special drive against the price hike in the Khwairamband bazaar in the past two days during which the volunteers of the union have encountered many whole sale retailers of Khwairamband bazar selling essential commodities specially potato at high prices and have further identified many godowns of various shopkeepers inside the Khwairamband bazaar which are piled with essential commodities.
The spokesperson of the union further mentioned, considering the grievances faced by the common public of the state, a joined meeting was also convened at the AMSU head quarter attended by various shop owners and transporters bodies of the state during which it was agreed upon to sell potato at the rate of Rs.15 to Rs.20 per kg and other essential commodities at a reasonable prise, failure of which will attract more penalty including even total closure of the shop and the godown.
The AMSU spokesperson has further appealed the Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee to spare the transportation of all the materials related to health care from the purview of its agitation on humanitarian ground and considering the grievances faced by the ailing patients in different hospitals of the valley districts.
Further, he appealed the state government to chalk out a way to end the present crisis like situation of the Sadar hills so that normalcy could be brought into the state at the earliest.