Manipur in flames: 22 vehicles set ablaze in Imphal, curfew clamped
In a meaningful gesture, the irate mob escorted the stranded passengers, who were forced to get off from the buses, to safer place and ensured their safety.
In view of escalating tension and violence across the state, authorities have clamped curfew at Imphal East and Imphal West district in Manipur. Mobile data services have also been stopped to halt spreading of rumours through social networking sites.
Authorities have taken the decision to impose the restriction after irate residents of valley areas, who were fed-up with the ongoing economic blockade called by Naga bodies cutting off supply of essential goods to Imphal valley, took to street and stopped vehicles travelling along Imphal-Ukhrul road at Khurai and torched 22 vechicles, including passenger-buses and private vehicles,at Imphal East’s Khurai Heikrumakhong.
However, there have not been reports of any casualties. As a meaningful gesture, the mob escorted the stranded passengers, who were forced to get off from the buses, to safer place and ensured their safety. Local bodies and police then distributed them foods and other items before they were escorted to even safer places.
The incident came after a 24-hour strike called by women vendors of Khwairamband Keithel (a market solely run by women) in the valley, protesting against attacks at state police by the suspected NSCN-IM militants and the ongoing economic blockage. Amid the strike, around 70 NSCN-IM terrorist had also attacked Nungkhao post of 7 Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) in the recently created Noney district. They overpowered the station, snatch nine automatic weapons and left two policemen injured.
The attacks on state police forces, in the last few days, came in an apparent reaction to formation of 7 new districts, by the Okram Ibobi-led Congress government, which Naga-bodies have been opposing.
Since November 1, life in the valley areas have been reeling under an indefinite blockade called by United Naga Council. Amid the blockade, which has shot up fuels price to more than triple the amount of normal price and sky-rocketed all commodity prices, suspected NSCN-IM, a terror outfit based in Nagaland, with which the PM Modi had signed a peace accord in 2015, attacked Manipur Police in the last few days in different parts of the state, killing at least three policemen dead and injuring 14 others.