Normal life came to a total halt in Manipur on Monday due to the 24-hour shutdown call given by Joint Action Committee (JAC) which began from Sunday midnight.

The JAC called for the shutdown in protest against the ‘failure’ of the Manipur government to concede to the demands of the committee seeking justice for Athuan Abonmei.

Abonmei, a social worker, was allegedly abducted and subsequently murdered on September 22.

All sections of people extended support to the shutdown and stayed indoors, The Hindu reported.

In what is said to be the first instance of unity among the people of the valley and the hills, the shutdown was total.

The non-tribal organizations in the valley extended support to all campaigns by the JAC pointing out that Abonmei had strived for the unity and co-existence of the people in the hills and valley.

In the past, there was no sign of coordination among the people of the valley and the hills during such agitations.

The strikes in the hills had no impact in the valley and vice versa.

In a last-ditch attempt to abort the shutdown, Chief Minister N. Biren met the JAC representatives on Sunday evening soon after his return from Delhi.

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