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Manipur unrest: Mob burns down church in Imphal, police use tear gas on bandh supporters

Manipur unrest: Mob burns down church in Imphal, police use tear gas on bandh supporters

India Blooms News Service | | 20 Dec 2016, 04:03 pm
Guwahati, Dec 20 (IBNS): Violence continues in the north-eastern state of Manipur with a mob torching a church in Imphal East district.

According to the reports, a mob burn down a church at Pangei Nepali Basti, Imphal East on Monday night.

On December 18 and 19, angry protesters torched at least 30 vehicles including several passenger buses in different places of the state.

Police had to resort to firing tear gas on bandh supporters in Imphal on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, following reports from the SP of Thoubal police that the situation is volatile, the District Magistrate of Thoubal district has imposed prohibitory orders under CrPC 144 with effect from Tuesday until further orders.

In a separate incident, heavily-armed militants, suspected to be cadres of KNF (N), fired several blank rounds of bullets at around 11 am at Maphou dam Kabui Khul area, under Lamlai police station, which created a panic among  the locals though there was no report of any casualty.

Mobile internet services have been suspended till December 25 in Imphal East and Imphal West districts.

Meanwhile, the Nagaland-based Naga Students Federation imposed indefinite economic blockade on all Manipur-bound vehicles.

In a statement to the media, the student organization said it has declared indefinite blockade on all Manipur-bound vehicles.

The student organization accused the Manipur government for the present crisis in Manipur and said that the blockade will not be lifted till the assurance for safety of Nagas in Manipur has been received from the Manipur government.


(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)