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Manipur crisis: Full curfew imposed in Imphal East, Imphal West

The decision comes amid the ongoing protests over the killing of two Meitei teenagers, who had went missing in July.

Deployment of BSF, CRPF personnel in strife-hit Manipur. (PTI) (HT_PRINT)Premium
Deployment of BSF, CRPF personnel in strife-hit Manipur. (PTI) (HT_PRINT)

The Manipur government has imposed a full curfew in Imphal East and Imphal West districts, in view of the precarious law and order situation.

The decision comes amid the ongoing protests over the killing of two Meitei teenagers – Phijam Hemjit Singh and Luwangbi Linthoingambi Hijam, who had went missing over two months ago after they were allegedly abducted.

Imphal East and Imphal West have been under partial curfew since earlier this month. The curbs were partially relaxed in an order dated September 26 to facilitate the movement of people.

"Due to the developing of law and order condition in the district and to prevent any untoward incidents and loss of life and property and also further as a precautionary measure, the curfew relaxation order dated 26" September, 2023 stands cancelled and full curfew is imposed from 04:00 PM of 27" September, 2023," the district magistrate stated in the order.

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However, the movement of persons belonging to essential services such as health, electricity, municipal bodies, media and fuel stations would be facilitated, it clarified.

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Earlier in the day, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah assured him that those who had kidnapped and killed the two Manipuri youths will be arrested and punished.

A team of CBI officials, led by the agency's Special Director Ajay Bhatnagar, has reached Manipur and started the probe into the crime which has rocked Imphal valley and led to two days of violent protests by students and youths on the streets of the state capital, leading to more than 60 people being injured.

The chief minister told reporters: "The central and state governments are very serious about this case. Union Home Minister Amit Shah-ji called me up yesterday evening and told me that he is sending a CBI team on a special flight to investigate the particular case."

Singh quoted Shah as stating that this case has to be dealt with very seriously and those responsible have to be booked as per the law of the land and assured that “no one will be spared".

“After landing in Imphal, they (CBI) have started their investigation," the chief minister said without disclosing the place where the CBI team has gone.

The case began on July 6 with the disappearance of the two youths and it was handed over to the central agency on August 28.

Photos of the deceased's bodies was circulated on social media earlier this week, leading to protests by students in the state since September 26. 

Notably, Manipur has remained tense since May this year when ethnic clashes broke out in the northeastern state. More than 175 people have been killed and several hundreds have been left injured.

(With PTI inputs)

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Published: 27 Sep 2023, 09:24 PM IST
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