Quarry workers bandh hits normal life partially in Manipur
A 14-hour state-wide bandh called by quarry workers hit normal life in parts of Manipur on Thursday.
The bandh called given by All Manipur Excavator, Local Truck, Tipper Owners and Workers Association (AMELTTOWA) which commenced from 4am ended by and large peacefully at 6 pm.
The association demanded review of the order of the High Court of Manipur regarding ban on mining of sand and stone passed on July 2 last, while pressing the state government to make alternative way to earn their livelihood.
The bandh hit normal life in several parts of the valley districts where large number of quarry workers came out on to the roads and enforced the bandh in support of the demand of the AMELTTOWA.
The bandh had less impact in the capital city where vehicles of all kinds plied on the roads even though a slight reduction in the volume.
In areas where quarry workers were concentrated, they came out on the main roads, particularly along the national highways and imposed the bandh by sitting on the roads, lighting fire on the roads, stretching logs and piling stones.
At some places, protesting quarry workers confronted the police who attempted to disperse them to open the roads.
Even as the police dispersed them repeatedly, they came out and imposed the bandh again making it hard for the police to control them.
Even though some schools and colleges remained close for the day, most of the private schools functioned as usual. Some schools reportedly postponed the ongoing exams for the day.