Since the row erupted over creation of seven new districts, Manipur is reeling under a blockade called by United Naga Council, and a counter blockade called by Meitis. The current blockade has lasted 59 days so far
On the eve of the bypolls, the lines outside banks remained long almost through the day, and ATMs had signs of “No Cash’’, but BJP, TMC and CPI(M) workers maintained that the inconveniences have “not reached alarming proportions’’.
Jamuna Balai village of Howrah was preparing for the arrival of its martyr, Sepoy Gangadhar Dalui. “They struggled so much to bring him up well,’’said a neighbour. Dulai had joined the Army two years ago, still in the first year of college.
A day before Sharmila’s 16-year fast comes to an end, there is uncertainty among those who have been touched by it — from the Meira Paibis and activists who stood with her to a family that has waited for her.