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Pillai in Manipur to review situation
Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 21:
Published on 21 Aug. 2009 11:46 PM IST
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Union Home Secretary G K Pillai along with joint secretary (home) north east in-charge Navin Verma arrived in Imphal on Friday to review the situation in the state even as the protests against the killing of a youth in an alleged “fake police encounter” are escalating. Meanwhile, the Apunba Lup, a conglomeration of several civil societies, has appealed to the people not to retreat from the demands of resignation of the chief minister, O Ibobi Singh till their demands are fulfilled. The Union home secretary during his two day camping in the state would hold a meeting with the officials of the Central security establishments in the state on internal security before meeting chief minister O Ibobi Singh and senior police officials, sources said. The home secretary GK Pillai and joint secretary (home) Navin Verma attended a two-day long Development Seminar sponsored by Union ministry of Development of North East Region (DoNER) on Friday on their arrival in the state. Speaking in the seminar, GK Pillai said for development, consciousness of people was the first priority.He also urged officials taking up works in coordination with the people to solve the problems of unemployment by properly implementing self employment generation schemes and agriculture. Even though protests seem to be dying-down in Imphal area, staging of sit-in protest and burning of effigies of chief minister, DGP Y Joykumar and police commandos was reported at various places in Thoubal and Bishnupur districts. Chungkham Sanjit (27) was killed by police commandos at the Imphal Market on July 23. A pregnant woman was also allegedly killed by stray bullets during the encounter apart from injuring five others. Since the “fake encounter” came to light, people across the state have been demanding the resignation of the chief minister and appropriate action to the police officers.

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