Normal life in Manipur was crippled on Tuesday in an 18-hour shutdown called for agitation against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) that is likely to be introduced in Parliament's ongoing winter session.
The shutdown was jointly called by Manipur People Against Citizenship Amendment Bill (MANPAC) and North East Indigenous People's Forum (NEFIP) and there was no record of any unjust incident during the strike which ended at 6 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
Official sources said that in response to the shutdown order, all business establishments, stores, vendors, hotels, motels, entertainment houses, and oil depots were closed. During the bandh, no educational institutions operated, the sources said.
Despite the state chief secretary's strict orders to government employees and educational institutions to conduct normal duties or face action, attendance in government offices was low.
There was no game on inter-state and inter-district buses.
Taxis and authorickshaws have also kept off the road. During the bandh, MANPAC convenor Yumnamcha Dilipkumar and three other associates from the Imphal West district of Manipur were arrested by the police.
Police also detained three female leaders of Khwairamban Keithel, the country's largest female market that had remained closed throughout the day. The North East was up against the proposed CAB, which people fear would create a huge demographic disparity as millions of Bangladeshi illegal immigrants live in the city.
The CAB was passed on January 8 this year by the Lok Sabha but was not tabled and lapsed in Rajya Sabha.
This tried to provide Indian citizenship from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Parsis after seven years of residency in India, even though they have no records.
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