IMPHAL- A complete shutdown in Churachandpur on Monday, called by Kuki orgnaisations in protest against the arrest of seven people by the NIA and CBI, brought normal life to a standstill.
Suspects in the case of the kidnapping and killing of two Manipuri youths in July this year were among the arrested people.
Circulation of photos of the two youngsters on social media in recent times had led to an upsurge of demonstrations in Imphal Valley, leading to the case being handed over to CBI.
Public vehicles were off the road, while markets and business establishments remained shut during the shutdown in Churacandpur district, police said.
The ITLF, a conglomerate of recognised tribals of Manipur, had called for an indefinite shutdown in the district from 10 a.m. on Monday to protest against the arrests and demanded that they be released within 48 hours.
Churachandpur-based Joint Students Body (JSB) also called a 12-hour shutdown in the district from 6 am on Monday.
Tensions escalated on Sunday at Churachandpur as residents took to the streets to protest the arrest of seven individuals in connection with a case involving the disappearance and death of two students.
Local residents voiced their concerns, questioning the basis of the arrests, particularly in the absence of concrete evidence s.
The killing of the two youths – Phijam Hemanjit, a 20-year-old man, and Hijam Linthoingambi, a girl of 17 years of age – had gone missing on July 6. Photos of their bodies surfaced on September 25 leading to violent protests mainly by students.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh had on Sunday said that four people were arrested by CBI in connection with the kidnapping and killing of two Manipuri youths, and the government would ensure the maximum punishment for them.
Singh had also said that the NIA on Saturday arrested one person from Churachandpur in connection with a case of a transnational conspiracy by Myanmar and Bangladesh-based leadership of terror outfits to wage war against India by exploiting the current ethnic strife in Manipur.
The arrested person was the second accused apprehended in the case, registered suo motu on July 19. On September 22, the NIA arrested another person from Manipur in connection with it.