General Strike in Manipur
Milli Gazette (online edition);
September 17, 2005
Imphal: All Manipur Muslim Students' Organisation (AMMSO) has called 48 hours general strike with effect from 13th sept.'05 midnight (0.00hrs) to 15th sept.'05 midnight (0.00hrs) with the following demands :
Manipur Muslims have been demanding the implementation of the Mandal Commission since the Union Government decision in 1994. The Manipur Public Service Commission (MPSC) is about to conduct state services examination without waiting for the government's
The present Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh had assured the house that he would definitely implement the
reservation for OBCs
[Other Backward Classes] including Muslims before the aforesaid examination. But the MPSC
announced the conduction of the examination without waiting for the Chief Minister's reservation announcement. Hence AMMSO decided to launch a state-wide general strike protesting against the government's apparently deliberate inability to either ask the MPSC to postpone the examination or come out immediately with the reservation policy.
The strike has already commenced since midnight today. And as per latest information due to severe police action 48 persons have been seriously injured. A total of 52 persons have been arrested so far by the police. Some of the injured persons are in critical condition.
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