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Huge rush for essentials in Imphal
Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 6:
Published on 6 Aug. 2009 11:57 PM IST
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People thronged shops to buy daily essential items as curfew in two districts of Imphal east and west was relaxed for four hours Thursday from 5 am to 9 am. The curfew has been re-imposed again. No untoward incidents were reported during the curfew relaxation hours except the death of a man in a road accident when he was knocked down by an IRB convoy at about 7 am at Uripok Kangchup road in Imphal west district. The man who served as a CRPF personnel was knocked down by the IRB vehicle on his way back home after his duty. He succumbed to his injury at the spot. District authorities of Imphal east and west have imposed the curfew across the districts in the wake of people agitations over fake encounter killings by police commandos from 10 pm Tuesday two hours before the end of a 48-hour statewide general strike called by the Apunba Lup. As a part of further course of agitation against the fake encounter, a poster campaign has been launched Thursday morning by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) formed in connection with the killing of Ch Sanjit on July 23 in a fake encounter by police commandos in crowded Imphal market. The posters with sequence photos which led to the killing of Ch Sanjit with “Cold blood ta hatpasibu encounter da siba koubara (killing in cold blooded as killed in encounter)” written was launched. The campaigners shouted slogans like “stop state sponsored terrorism, chief minister, O Ibobi Singh leader of terrorists and police commandos are terrorists” at Khurai in Imphal east where the deceased Sanjit hailed. Meanwhile, chief minister, O Ibobi Singh called on with the Governor, Gurbachan Jagat Thursday evening and briefed on the developing situation. The Chief minister was assisted by state chief secretary, DS Poonia and DGP. Before meeting the Governor, Ibobi held a preparatory meeting with the top brasses of the state home department on the prevailing situation in the wake of the people’s uprising following the exposure of police commandos killing people in fake encounter. On the other hand even though chief minister announced judicial probe into the July 23 firing incident, the order regarding the institution of the judicial enquiry committee is yet to be issued. However, the suspension orders of seven police commandos against six announced on Wednesday by the chief minister have been placed under suspension by an order of the senior superintendent of Imphal west district police, L Kailun and commanding officers of Manipur Rifles and IRB on Thursday. The suspended personnel were sub-inspector Koijam Punshiba Meetei, head constables Thokchom Herojit, Oinam Kishore and constable, Wahengbam Binoy. They were posting at the Bazar unit of the Imphal west police commandos. Three police commandos, two belonging to 8th Manipur Rifles personnel and one belonging to 5th IRB attaching at Imphal west police commando unit identified as Ng Toyaima, havildar Th Jagat Singh and Md Imaran (fifth IRB) have also been placed under suspension by the orders of the commanding officers of the respective battalion.

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