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Night curfew to spoil Yaosang festivities
Correspondent IMPHAL, MAR 11:
Published on 12 Mar. 2009 12:57 AM IST
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Celebration of one of Manipur’s biggest festivals of colours, Yaosang which would last for five days commenced Wednesday with the burning of Yaosang (makeshift thatch hut build) at dusk to mark advent of the festival. However, apprehension surrounds another feature of the premiere festival, the Thabal Chongba (Dancing in the Moonlight) which boys and girls enjoy at night during the festival would be shattered as night curfew is still imposed in the entire two districts of Imphal east and west. Last year, festival in the entire valley area was shattered owing to a series of killing of migrant labours in the state by suspected militants. Curfew in the two districts was imposed from February 19 in the wake of public uprising in Imphal area over the murder of the SDO, Kasom Khullen, Ukhrul district, Dr Kishan with his two subordinate staff. Night curfew was extended after unidentified gunmen started killing migrant labours in some areas of Imphal west. At least three migrant labours were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in a span of two days recently. The night curfew from 8 pm to 4 am is still imposed by authorities of both the districts. However, despite the curfew, people were seen enjoying the festivities at various places on Wednesday.

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