1. Total shutdown in Manipur’s valley areas by the JAC protests the alleged abduction of students Avinash Maibam and Ningthoujam Anthony.
2. Normal life came to a standstill, highlighting the frustration over the government’s perceived slow response.
3. Demands resonate for the safe release of the missing students amid heightened public concern.
Imphal, Nov 11: In Manipur’s valley areas, a total shutdown, organized by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) to protest the alleged abduction of two students, Avinash Maibam and Ningthoujam Anthony, brought normal life to a halt. The shutdown reflected the mounting frustration over the perceived slow government response, echoing demands for the safe release of the missing students.
Avinash and Anthony, both residents of Akham in Imphal West, have been missing since November 5, triggering public outrage and calls for swift action. Protesters took to the streets, blocking roads and urging the state government to intensify efforts to locate the students.
Tongbram Manitombi, a JAC member, expressed serious concerns about the government’s perceived delay in addressing the situation. Despite meetings with Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Governor Anusuiya Uikey, and MP Leishemba Sanajaoba immediately after the students’ disappearance, Manitombi criticized the government’s slow response. He emphasized the need for faster action, despite the arrest of two individuals in connection with the case.
The JAC, joined by civil society organizations and student bodies, is determined to continue its efforts until justice is served and the missing students are safely returned. The unrest has intensified, with citizens protesting the alleged abduction and expressing solidarity with the families of the missing students.
Family members and local representatives have submitted memoranda to the governor, chief minister, and MP Leishemba Sanajaoba, seeking their intervention. While assurances were given regarding the commitment to taking necessary measures to locate the missing students, concrete results have yet to materialize. The situation remains tense as the community awaits updates on the whereabouts and safety of Avinash Maibam and Ningthoujam Anthony.