Protest, bandh over killing of BSEM Chief intensifies

Imphal | January 15 : In continuation of the 48-hour bandh on Imphal-Moreh stretch of National Highway 39 called by the Joint Action Committee (JAC), beginning January 14, against the cold blooded murder of the chairman of the State education board Dr Naorem Kunjabihari, arsonists and bandh supporters have torched a Tata magic (passenger vehicle) today at the epicenter of the bandh while a university student has sustained injury.
Mentionably, a Maruti van was set ablaze yesterday by the bandh supporters in the area. Following the intensification of the agitation by the JAC, resorting to arsoning, the police has used tear gas shell and mob bomb to disperse the irate protesters and neutralized the tension, while the protesters putt up a tough fight resorting to stone pelting and catapult against the police.  
 The JAC has resorted to such violent protest following the failure of the government through the chief minister on its assurance that the culprit in the murder of Dr N Kunjabihari will be promptly arrested, the dateline for which was 5:30 pm of January 14, which is when the 48-hour highway bandh intensified. The 48-hour bandh began at 6:30 pm. of January 14 and will end at 6:30 pm. of January 16.   The fire tenders who had come to douse the burning Tata magic van only managed to rescue the vehicle from being totally razed. The vehicle bearing registration number MN-04A 3091 has been picked up by Kakwa police.
According to reports from the spot, the vehicle was torch by 4 arsonists supporting the bandh at about 10:20 am.  The police said that 2 bandh supporters have been arrested on charges of arsoning and security has been beefed up between the stretch from Kakwa bazaar and Manipur University on the Imphal-Moreh section of National Highway 39.   
Mentionably, the chairman of Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BSEM), Dr. Naorem Kunjabihari, 60, was shot dead in cold blood in his office chamber at the high security zone of Babupara in Imphal West on January 11 at about 3:30 pm. under suspicious circumstances.
A four-point agreement was later signed between the JAC and the chief minister, the later assuring that their grievances will be promptly acted upon. The agreements are—that a CBI investigation into the killing of Dr Kunjabihari should be instituted, a live video coverage be arranged and a family doctor engaged during the post mortem and the family members of Kunjabihari must be sufficiently compensated with ex-gratia permissible to official who dies on duty etc. Until these demands are met, the JAC had threatened that it will not claim the lifeless remains of Kunjabihari from Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) morgue.
In the meanwhile, the JAC has continued its threat to intensify agitation if the government remains indifferent and has refused to claim the lifeless remains of Dr Naorem Kunjabihari until the government books and penalizes the culprit. However, the police said that if the body is not claimed from RIMS morgue by the family until January 17, it will be disposed off according to the law.