Manipur tense: Army chief Dalbir Singh visits Imphal, reviews security situation

Curfew, which was imposed after valley residents torched around 20 vehicles, in Imphal East district areas, has been relaxed from 6 am to 5 pm.

Manipur tense: Army chief Dalbir Singh visits Imphal, reviews security situation

A day after Union Minister Kiren Rijiju visits violence-torn Manipur, Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh on Saturday arrived at state capital Imphal and review the security situation of the state, in the aftermath of violence arises out of blockade imposed by the United Naga Council, (UNC) in lifeline highways of the state.

According to media report, the Army chief will also visit Assam to review the security situation there.


Curfew, which was imposed after valley residents torched around 20 vehicles, in Imphal East district areas, has been relaxed from 6 am to 5 pm.

Earlier, Home Ministry on Thursday rapped the state government for ‘failing’ to discharge its ‘constitutional’ duties in ensuring smooth flow of traffic on roads despite repeated requests.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh also asked Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang to ensure there is no disturbance in the movement of vehicles passing through his state, as there have been reports of the Naga Students Federation calling for a blockade of vehicles in Nagaland.

In a stern message to Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, Rajnath said the state is facing an extremely distressing economic situation because of the continuous blockade of National Highway-2.

The blockade in the state was announced by the UNC after the Manipur Government decided to upgrade the Sadar Hills and Jiribam areas to full-fledged districts. Following the state government’s decision on November 1, UNC militants blocked the Imphal-Dimapur and the Imphal-Jiribam highways indefinitely.

On Friday, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, who visited the state as a Central emissary, had said it is completely unacceptable to have such kinds of blockades in which thousands are suffering and both central and Manipur governments will work together to end it.

"The state government has not been able to end the blockade. It must end as soon as possible as law and order is the responsibility of the state government. Nobody will be allowed to take political advantage out of a humanitarian crisis where common people are suffering," he told a press conference.