Sielmat (zoramobserver.com): The shutdown called by various Churachandpur town based civil organisations, under the banner of a Joint Action Committee Against the killing of Mr. Thangkhanlun Taitomto, passed off peacefully today.
Mr. Taitom was allegedly killed even after admitting to his crime of robbing Rs 10 lakh from TP Electrical Store. Sources said he was allegedly handed over to some cadres of a militant group. Later, his dead body was dumped at his family’s residence. The public did not took kindly to the “extreme punishment”.
On Tuesday, thousands of protesters took part in a silent procession and submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner of Churachandpur demanding justice for the victim and the arrest of those responsible for Mr. Taitom’s death.
Unlike previous shutdowns in the town, observers said the bandh call was respected in all areas. Markets were closed and the streets wore a deserted look as activists ensured that the 6 AM-6 PM shutdown was total.
Government offices, banks and schools were also closed.
The bandh appears to be a clear wake up call for militant groups when it comes to tackling law and order issues.
Civil organisations said, later in the evening, that the protest is an “ongoing” as and they called on all the concerned groups and state officials to respect the life. They have set a deadline of August 6, 2017 for the “concerned” authorities to apprehend the accused.
Churachandpur District, which is home to several Zo ethnic tribes, has witnessed numerous killings over the years.