NSCN-IM leader molests actor, Manipur shuts in protest

FP

Violent protests broke out in Manipur on Saturday, the first day of an indefinite shut down called to press for the arrest of an NSCN-IM leader for molesting an actress at a public function.

The bandh, called by the Manipur Film Forum, was near total: shops and business establishments were shuttered and vehicles remained off the roads.

The few vehicles that ventured out were stoned by the protestors, the police said. The supporters of the bandh also damaged a police van in Imphal and blocked roads at several places.

The police used teargas to disperse the protestors.

The decision to call the bandh, the forum said, was taken on Friday evening after the government failed to "initiate concrete steps" to arrest Livingstone Anal,

Lt Col of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah), who had molested actress Momoka in public

at a song competition at Chandel on December 18.

Livingstone had shot at two artists who tried to rescue Momoka but missed, the forum has said in a memorandum to the government.

Social organisations such as the United Committee Manipur, All Manipur United Clubs Organisations and several women's organisations have extended their support to the indefinite bandh.

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