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Rally against deployment of addl forces in M’pur
Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 11:
Published on 12 Aug. 2009 12:18 AM IST
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People in thousands took part in protest rallies across the five hill districts of Manipur on Tuesday demanding revision of the government’s decision of deploying police commandos and IRB in the hills areas. Memorandums were submitted to the deputy commissioners of the five hills districts. The rallies marched to the district headquarters of Ukhrul, Senapati, Tamenglong, Chandel and Churachandpur districts. Highest turn out of people in the protest was reported from Ukhrul with an estimated turn out of 10,000 people, Senapati and Churandpur recorded around 5000 each while Chandel and Tamenglong at 2000 and 2300 respectively. The rally in the border town Moreh was participated by around 500 people. The mass protest rallies were organized jointly by the All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM), All Naga Students’ Association Manipur, (ANSAM), Kuki Students’ Organisation, KSO-GHQ, CDSU Churachandpur, NSUC Chandel, TKS Ukhrul, SDSA Senapati and ZSUM Tamenglong. The rally started around 10 to 11 am and concluded after submitting memorandums to the deputy commissioners of the respective districts. The memorandums sought review to the May 19 Cabinet decision to deploy state police commandos and IRBs in the hill districts. All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM) assistant general secretary, Robert Leivom said, “We strongly condemn the impunity given to the state forces to kill and harass people, especially Manipur police commandos and IRB,” recalling the incident of July 23 in which two persons were killed and five injured in the heart of Imphal by Manipur police commandos in broad daylight. A Cabinet meeting of the Secular Progressive Front government on May 19 last decided to open posts of police commandos at the district headquarters of five hills districts and opening of more IRB posts in the areas as part of replacing Central security forces currently deployed in the entire hill districts.

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