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Jiribam merchants resolve not to pay money to militants
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 11:
Published on 11 Jul. 2009 11:12 PM IST
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Decrying the mass looting of money from shops and business establishments, anguished merchants and shopkeepers in Jiribam town of Manipur bordering Assam have decided not to give in to any kind of monetary demand served by militant outfits. Some armed miscreants suspected to be PLA cadres looted most of the shops and business establishments located at Jiribam Bazar. They forcibly took away sales proceed of the day and left the place before security forces arrived. The incident occurred around 1 pm on Friday, official reports said on Saturday. However, the report could not estimate the total amount taken by the miscreants. The merchants and businessmen held a meeting with local meira paibis (women torch bearers) group on Friday at Jiribam town hall to discuss the act of the militants. The meeting after thorough deliberation decided not to pay any extortion demand served by militant outfits. It also resolved to close down shops and business establishment if they were faced with extortion demands. Around 200 people including merchants, shopkeepers and womenfolk attended the meeting which started from 11 am and went on till 2 pm, a report from Jiribam received here said. 2 injured in explosion IMPHAL, JUL 11 (PTI): Two persons - a man and a woman were injured when a grenade exploded at a private clinic owner’s house in Manipur’s Imphal East district, official sources said on Saturday. Militants exploded the grenade at around 9 p m yesterday and injured the two, the clinic owner’s relatives. Monetary demand appears to be the cause of the incident, which comes on the heels of a similar blast at yet another clinic on Wednesday night. In another incident militants exploded a grenade in the house of a superintending engineer of public works department H Santakumar at Heingang Panthoibi area at around 10 p.m last night but there was no casualty, the sources said. Monetary demand is suspected to be the cause of the incident, the sources added.

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