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Curfew imposed in two Manipur districts
Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 19:
Published on 20 Feb. 2009 1:08 AM IST
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Indefinite curfew was clamped in Imphal West and Imphal East districts as the tension mounted on the second day of 48-hour Manipur bandh called to protest the killing of SDO Kasom Khullen, his driver Aribam Rajen and mandal Y Token on Thursday even as the Manipur government ordered a probe into the incident. The districts magistrates of the respective districts imposed the curfew from 5 pm on Thursday till further orders. Sources said curfew was imposed in the two districts as the government had received reports that there was likelihood of serious breach of peace. Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh told at a hurriedly called press conference after a cabinet meeting on Thursday that a probe has been ordered into the killings and that Ukhrul district deputy commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pal and superintendent of police A Dorji have been placed under suspension for dereliction of duty. He said an inquiry committee headed by O Nabakishore Singh, commissioner, Agriculture and LM Khoute, IG (Int) has also been constitued to probe the killing. The chief minister has appealed to the people to remain calm and not to believe in rumours which may create communal clash. Ibobi said the government has taken a very serious view on the killings and deputed inspector general of police (law and order-III) along with adequate number of security personnel for conducting operation in various suspected areas to nab the culprits.. Asserting that the state government would leave no stone unturned to book the culprits and punish them according to the law, he announced ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased SDO and Rs 50,000 to the next of the driver and the Mandal. Police said 30 teargas shells were fired in Imphal West district when hundreds of women from Tera, Kwakeithel and other areas tried to converge at the official residence of the chief minister. Reports said all major roads leading to Imphal city were blocked by bandh supporters with burning tyres and logs, while several vehicles were damaged at Khurai, Heirangoithong, Dinku Road, Singjamei and other places on the outskirts of Imphal by bandh supporters. Hundreds of women in mourning clothes staged sit-in protests against the kidnap and killing of the SDO and two of his subordinates in Ukrul district after their kidnap on February 13. Their bodies were found from neighbouring Senapati district on February 17. The state government has also offered job under Manipur Civil Service (MCS) to the wife of the deceased SDO and government jobs to the next of the kin of the driver and the mandal. She was awarded gold medal in MA. (with PTI inputs)

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