1. Government extends curfew in Manipur as situation worsens

Government extends curfew in Manipur as situation worsens

People in Manipur staged a protest on Sunday against the suspected NSCN IM militants who allegedly attacked in the Lokchao area in Chandel district of Manipur.

By: | Published: December 18, 2016 5:35 PM
Keeping in view the disturbing situation in Manipur, the government extended the curfew in the entire Imphal East district. (ANI) Keeping in view the disturbing situation in Manipur, the government extended the curfew in the entire Imphal East district. (ANI)

Protests erupted on Sunday against the suspected National Socialist Council of Nagaland (IM) militants who allegedly launched an attack in the Lokchao area in Chandel district of Manipur. According to a report, the terrorists yesterday had also targetted a police vehicle on a highway. The militants who had reportedly snatched several weapons from IRB personnel have been targeting Manipur police. According to a report in The Telegraph, some nine weapons including AK rifles, SLRs and Insas rifles were snatched away. Three policemen reportedly lost their lives and 14 others have been injured. Keeping in the view the disturbing situation in Manipur, the government has extended the curfew in the Imphal East district.

Three blasts within an hour had also rocked the city on 16th of December. A day before, the militants had also attacked two police teams, deployed for the protection of CM Okram Ibobi Singh. Considering the frequent militant attacks Manipur has been falling victim of, the cabinet also decided to shut down the internet service in Imphal West district. The move was taken to get the situation in Imphal West district under control. Shutting down of the internet was also done to stop the rumours doing rounds in the city. Police personnel in large number were deployed at the sensitive areas of the state to contain violence and to bring the situation under control.

The NSCN (I-M), according to the report are opposing the creation of new districts. The Manipur government created 7 more districts from 7 existing ones earlier this month.

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