IMPHAL, June 28: The 24-hour bandh imposed by the Thadou Students’ Association (TSA) General Headquarters affected normal life along the Imphal–Moreh Section of National Highway No. 102 today.
A large numbers of bandh supporters mostly volunteers of the Thadou Students’ Association (TSA) Chandel District came out on the street and enforced total bandh along the Imphal–Moreh section of National Highway No. 102 at H. Kotlenphai Village in Chandel District.
Armed with sticks bandh supporters blocked the highway piling up woods and tree branches besides prohibiting private and passenger vehicles to proceed from there.
Moreover, bandh volunteers also damage the windshield of a car (red colour car bearing MNO3A 2172) for defying the bandh.
However, there were no reports of any major violence during the bandh till filing of this report.
While briefing media persons, James Haokip, General Secretary Thadou Students Association, (TSA) General Head Quarter, said that the bandh was imposed in protest against the indifferent attitude of Commanding Officer, 7th IRB with regards to an accident that occurred on June 16 wherein 6 (six) occupants of maruti alto car were left injured in between Khonghampat and Koirengei by his convoy vehicle.
He further condemned the attitude of the Commanding Officer for not showing any regrets and concern for the injured persons which included an active member of the students’ body.
James Haokip contended that the clarification made by the Commanding Officer in some local dailies was baseless as the story of the incident was twisted.
All the facts about the incident were recorded by the Investigating Officer of the concern Police Station at the time of the incident besides the students’ body also possesses all the details of the incident including photos which were taken at the spot of the incident, held the General Secretary.
While appealing all to extend their co-operation the Students’ body in delivering Justice for the victims, General Secretary also expressed his doubt in the government to deliver justice citing the involvement of a police officer (Commanding Officer of 7th IRB).
Claiming that adequate time was given to bring amicable solution, Haokip alleged that the Commanding Officer failed to reciprocate with the students’ body.
“As such, the students’ body raised the issue at the State level. So, we will negotiate at the level of Director General of Police and Home Minister level only to bring amicable solution,” the General Secretary added.