Imphal, Sep 2 : Life was completely affected in Manipur due to a 48-hour general strike which began today at 0600 hours over the alleged murder of a girl in a school hostel. Protestors burned effigies of Chief Minister N Biren Singh and blocked roads. Police cleared the roads to enable the free movement of people. All educational institutes, business establishments were closed down. All inter and intrastate passenger services were cancelled. Government directed all employees to attend offices.
The JAC against the murder of Babysana is demanding to hand over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as it alleged that proper investigation is not carried out. Most of the students’ bodies and civil societies have supported the strike. The JAC also alleged police of arresting 14 persons and trying to arrest the father of the deceased girl and others. Co-convener of JAC, L. Pratab who was arrested by police refused to eat food and had to be hospitalised.
Superintendent of police, Imphal West, K. Meghachandra, however, said police was only looking for some people to take their statements and solve the case. About 40 witnesses have given statements to the police so far and police have also detained the owner of the school. The matter was discussed during the recently held Assembly session and Chief Minister, N Biren had stated that the government had written a letter to the Central government to ask the CBI to enquire into the death of a girl in a school hostel.
He said Manipur government also sent an official to submit the relevant documents. O Ibobi, Leader of the Opposition and Kh Joykisan, Congress MLA demanded that the centre be urged to ask the CBI to take up the case as it is a sensitive one which has caused widespread condemnation in the state. Kh Joykisan was not happy that the post mortem report was leaked by police to a particular media house and was published, claiming that the girl committed suicide.
Police also said the investigation was not over and family members were not allowed to enter the school hostel and see the post mortem report. He also asked the government to stop giving confusing statements as earlier the government had claimed that the case was handed over to the CBI and now it was saying a request was sent. The JAC against the murder of Babysana had been protesting since July 18 last seeking justice.
School authority claimed the Class VIII student, committed suicide but bruises were found on her knee and other parts of the body. The JAC enquired how 34 students who were in the same room as the deceased girl did not know the suicide. The body of the girl was finally claimed on July 31 for the final rites. The JAC and student bodies have protested the delay in the probe. After an intense struggle the owner cum principal of the school, Landhoni was detained along with her daughter and son.UNI