Strike disrupts normal life in Manipur

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Imphal, Aug 8 : Normal life was disrupted here today following a 24-hour general strike by several social organizations, including United Committee Manipur (UCM) to protest the dropping of weightlifter Monika Devi from the Indian Olympic team to Beijing.

Markets, shops and business establishments remained closed.

Transport services between Manipur and neighbouring states were also suspended.

Sports lovers burnt vehicle tyres on roads at Singjamei in Imphal West district to prevent movement of people in the area.

However, no untoward incident was reported during the strike.

Monica was tested positive for "anabolic" salt in a test conducted on June 29 and was withdrawn from the squad before her departure to Beijing.

Hailing from Manipur, Monika was the lone weightlifter in the 56-member strong contingent to represent India in the 69-kg female category at the Beijing Olympics, which begin from August 8.

Earlier this year, she won a silver and two bronze medals in the Asian Championships in Japan to book the berth for India in Olympics. In July this year she beat Shailaja Pujari of Andhra Pradesh in the pre-Olympic trial conducted by Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

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