Normal life in Manipur was brought to a standstill due to a 24-hour shutdown. The bandh, initiated by CorCom, a conglomerate of various rebel groups was a total success with streets wearing a deserted look as shops, schools and other business establishments remained closed.
Businesses hit hard
Business establishments in all valley districts, including Kwairamband Keithel, Bishnupur and Thoubal etc remain shut. However, the vendors were among the worst hit. Vendors at famous Ima market in Imphal faced huge losses as they struggled to attract customers due to the bandh.
‘We don’t have enough options and very limited spaces. We are of course scared to come out in such a situation but we are helpless as we don’t have other source to earn our livelihood. Even if we are being threatened that we would die or fall sick but inspite of all that we come out to sell our goods in the market because we are helpless’, a vendor told the media.
Medical, electricity, water supply, media were exempted from the purview of the total shutdown in Sadar Hills and candidates of army recruitment rally at Senapati DHQs were exceptionally exempted.
Roads wearing a deserted look
Major roads and even the streets were deserted with very little movement in sight. No State and inter-State passenger buses were seen plying along the highway while goods carriers like trucks, escorted tankers, wingers, etc were completely off the road.
Despite having immense potential, the frequent shutdown calls by the underground outfits in the state has created a huge gap in terms of overall development