Manipur violence: Curfew imposed again in Imphal Valley after protest for release of 5 persons

A curfew was imposed across the Imphal Valley on September 21 following violent protests demanding the release of five people, including a trained cadre of a banned terror outfit, who were arrested earlier this week on charges of extortion. .

According to details, the curfew was reimposed after protests by self-proclaimed vigilante groups, including ‘Mera Pibis’, in Imphal Valley, who demanded the release of five persons.

Earlier in the day, more than 10 people were injured on Thursday when security forces fired teargas shells at protesters who stormed police stations and demanded the unconditional release of the five.

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Officials added that the state government canceled relaxation of curfew from 5 pm in the twin districts of Imphal as a precautionary measure.

On Thursday, hundreds of protesters, carrying placards and shouting slogans, tried to enter Poorampet police station in Imphal East and Sangjmi police station in Imphal West district and the Kokkithal police post, while six local clubs and five from Mira Paibase. answered the call demanding the release of Village volunteers

However, police and RAF personnel stationed at strategic locations fired several rounds of tear gas to disperse the crowd.

“We were left with no option but to seek judicial arrest as the government failed to release the five volunteers from the village. If such village volunteers are arrested, a protester identified as Tha Bemula in Porampat said. , so who will protect the Meiti villages in its surroundings? The hills and valley of Kukizo 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.

The Manipur Police has once again warned of strict action against all those misusing the uniform for their nefarious purposes, citing the arrest of five persons, including a suspected member of a banned terror group, in Manipur. giving

Officials said the five men were allegedly extorting money from the general public and were carrying lethal weapons, including AKs and Ansa rifles, which were looted from the police armoury.

Among those arrested on Sunday was 45-year-old M Anand Singh, who is allegedly a trained cadre of the Communist Party of India (KCP) neon group, banned under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. .

In July, police issued a stern warning asking people to stop misusing police uniforms after reports that armed rioters were wearing them to cause mistrust. Some minority groups are trying to pressurize the police to release the five men and indulge in vandalism.

While some of these groups have called for a 48-hour shutdown, top police officials made it clear that the law will take its course. Singh is accused of being a habitual offender and has been sent to jail six times in the past, including under the National Security Act (NSA), officials said.

with agency input.

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Updated: September 21, 2023, 10:44 PM IST

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