14-hour statewide bandh today against killing of local activist

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Locals Blocking Highway against the Killing. Source: IFP
Locals Blocking Highway against the Killing. Source: IFP

IMPHAL, November 6: The JAC formed in connection with the recovery of the body of Hawaijam Meghachandra Singh along with several civil society organizations has today called a 14-hour state-wide bandh on November 7.

The bandh has been called from 4 am to 6 pm of November 7.

According to Toijam Sarat, convenor of the JAC, Meghachandra was the president of the Mairengkhong Raising Club and his body was recovered with two bullet injuries on his chin and left cheek around 5 am of November 5.

His body was recovered from near the Haoreibi Water Supply along the Imphal River bank.

Meanwhile, normal vehicular traffic along the Imphal Moreh highway was also disturbed this morning till about 10:30, as a large number of JAC members and local womenfolk came out to the streets and blocked the road.

The locals burnt tyres and formed human chains along the stretch of the highway.

It is also learnt that the JAC met with several civil society organizations including AMUCO, UCM, IPSA, NIPCO today at Mairenkhong and decided upon the 14 hour state-wide bandh and to set November 7 as the deadline for the government to produce the culprit(s).

During the meeting, it was also observed that the bodies will launch agitations until the culprit(s) are arrested.

Speaking to media persons, JAC spokesperson and convenor said that the body of Hawaibam Meghachandra alias Megha, 51, son of Omor of Chajing Mairenkhong was found dead in the early morning of November 6 with two bullet injuries.

He said that, according to some locals, Meghachandra was seen talking on his mobile phone the previous day in front of the club.

He was also seen in a heated argument with some three-four persons at a place in the locality, near the spot where his body was found with bullet injuries, the spokesperson said.

Meghachandra’s spectacles smeared with blood were also discovered from nearby, he continued.

The locals at around 4:30 pm of November 5 held an emergency meeting and formed the JAC.

The JAC while, condemning the killing demanded the arrest of the culprits at the earliest.

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