Curfew imposed again in Manipur’s Imphal India News

New Delhi: Curfew has been reimposed in Imphal following protests by self-styled vigilante groups, including ‘Mera Pybis’, who demanded the release of five persons.
Earlier, a curfew was imposed across Imphal following violent protests for the release of five persons, including a trained cadre of the banned terror outfit, who were arrested on extortion charges earlier this week.
More than 10 people were injured on Thursday when security forces fired tear gas shells at protesters who tried to storm police stations and demanded the unconditional release of the five.
As a precautionary measure, the state government canceled the relaxation of curfew in the twin districts of Imphal from 5 pm onwards, officials said.
In response to a plea by six local clubs and the Mira Pibis group, demanding the release of volunteers from five villages, a crowd of protesters carrying placards and chanting slogans entered the Sangjami along with Purampet police station in Imphal East. tried to. Police Station and Kokkithal Police Station in Imphal West District.
However, law enforcement officers and RAF personnel, deployed strategically, resorted to firing several rounds of tear gas to disperse the crowd.
A protester, identified as Thi Bimula in Purumpat, voiced, “We felt compelled to face arrest as the government did not heed our demand to release volunteers from five villages. The hills and Kukizo Valley from militants.”
Similar attempts to break into Mayang Imphal Police Station in Imphal West District and Andru Police Station in Imphal East District were also reported.
In light of the arrest of five persons, including a suspected member of a banned terror group, for extortion in Manipur, the Manipur Police has once again warned against those who exploit their uniforms for personal gain. Strict action will be taken.
According to officials, the five men were allegedly involved in extorting money from the general public and were in possession of deadly weapons, including AK and Ansa rifles, which were allegedly stolen from the police armoury. .
(with agency information)

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