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Manipur violence: Protesters torch 40 vehicles, curfew imposed in Imphal-Ukhrul

Manipur violence: Protesters torch 40 vehicles, curfew imposed in Imphal-Ukhrul

India Blooms News Service | | 18 Dec 2016, 07:24 pm
Guwahati, Dec 18 (IBNS) : The law and order situation turned more violent in Manipur after protesters on Sunday torched more than 40 vehicles in Imphal East district, who protest against the economic blockade by NSCN(IM) , United Naga Council (UNC) and recent attacks on police laid by militants.

According to the reports, thousand protesters came into road and vandalized several vehicles and set fire in more than 40 vehicles.

On Dec 17, the woman vendors of Manipur had called 48-hour Manipur bandh protest against a series of attack on state police by suspected NSCN(IM) militants.

To maintain the worsen situation, Manipur government imposed curfew in certain parts of Porompat, Sawombung sub-divisions in Imphal East dstrict.

The curfew will continue till further directions, said an order issued by the District magistrate of Imphal East district.

On the other hand, Okram Ibobi Singh led state government had ordered to shut down the mobile internet services in Imphal West and Imphal East district to halt spreading rumours through social media.

NSCN(IM) and UNC had called economic blockade following the state government’s announcement of formation of seven new districts.

Following the state government’s announcement of formation of the new districts, suspected NSCN(IM) militants had attacked on Manipur police in four times in past 72-hours.

In the militant attacks, at least four policemen were killed and eight others injured.

Nearly 70 suspected militants of NSCN(IM) attacked the two post of Manipur Rifles and 7th Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) of Manipur police in Manipur’s newly created district Noney on Saturday.

The incident took place at Nungkao near Jiribam at around 11 am and the militant group also snatched at least 20 loaded weapons of the security personnel.

On the other hand, Manipur based outfit group United National Liberation Front (UNLF) asked NSCN(IM) to leave Manipur before Dec 23.

Talking to media, a top leader of the outfit group said that, we are giving them a time to leave Manipur, if they would not leave the situation will turn more worsen.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)