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Disturbed area status in Manipur extended for another year

Correspondent IMPHAL, DEC 4
Published on 4 Dec. 2012 10:38 PM IST
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Manipur government has decided to extend the Disturbed Area Status for another one year from December 1.

This was decided at a state cabinet meeting held on Monday here under chairmanship of chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh to review the prevailing situation in the state.

The meeting took the decision to extend the Disturbed Area Status after a thorough deliberation on the reports submitted by the police, Assam Rifles and Army regarding the prevailing the law and order situation in Manipur.

Later, it was decided to extend the disturbed area status for another one year all over the state except the seven assembly constituencies under the Imphal Municipal Area from where the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act had already been withdrawn in November 2004.

Manipur government has been extending the disturbed area status from time to time citing the fragile law and order situation of the state and to impose AFSPA in the insurgency hit state of Manipur.

The disturbed area status from the Imphal municipality area was lifted in November 2004 after a prolonged public uproar was witnessed in the state after the Assam Rifles murdered a former women PLA activist Thangjam Manorama Devi coupled with fasting stir of social activist Irom Sharmila, who has been on fast demanding withdrawal of AFSPA for the last 12 years.

Another important agenda which was discussed by cabinet under the chair of the chief minister was tripartite suspension of operation (SoO) agreement with two umbrella organization of Kuki militants.

The term of the tripartite SoO agreement which was extended for three month in August this year has already expired on November 22 but the ground rules of the agreement remained in force till date after an understanding was reached between the parties involved.

The next round of tripartite talk was scheduled to be held on tomorrow (December 5) in New Delhi, an official source said.

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