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Curfew in Imphal after violence erupts in the Manipur capital

Besides, the indefinite curfew, Internet services have been cut to prevent spread of rumors over an alleged attack on a church.

Imphal Protest

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In view of repeated violence in eastern Indian state of Manipur that left three policemen dead in the last few days, curfew has been imposed in parts of the capital Imphal on Sunday.

Besides the indefinite curfew, Internet services have been cut to prevent spread of rumors over an alleged attack on a church.

While the nation is witnessing a historic demonetization drive, Manipur have also been dealing with an economic blockade since last month. Following state government’s announcement of creating Sardar Hills and Jiribam into districts, United Naga Council had imposed the blockade which was meant to disrupt the supply of commodities by roads. As a counter blockade, residents of Imphal have stopped transportation of essential commodities to the hills.

On Sunday, angry protestors against the economic blockade in the state and militant attacks on security forces resorted to violence as they attacked vehicles coming from Naga-dominated hill districts towards Imphal. Reportedly, vehicles were set on fire. Also a bus was pushed into a river by angry mob. No casualties reported.

The on-going economic blockade have reportedly turned violent since few weeks. On Friday, three bomb blasts were witnessed in areas of Imphal West district. In the last few days, three policemen have died in attacks allegedly by hill based militants.

[via: PTI, NDTV]


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