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Manipur plea on bus ticket counters
Published on 20 Dec. 2009 1:32 AM IST
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Manipur police have requested their Assam and Nagaland counterparts to give protection to inter-state bus ticket counters after reports that people manning the counters have been told not to issue tickets to non-Manipuris in buses bound for Manipur. Manipur police have linked the threat to the serial killing of migrants in Manipur. Altogether 28 migrants have been gunned down since February this year. In the latest attack, gunmen barged into a rented house at Chingmeirong in Imphal East on December 16 and shot dead two migrants. In fax messages to the superintendents of police of Kohima, Dimapur, Silchar and Guwahati city, Imphal West’s senior superintendent of police, L. Kailun, said the ticket counters, manned by people from Manipur, have been asked not to accommodate non-Manipuris in buses bound for Manipur. In the messages, the SSP requested his counterparts to investigate the matter and take necessary security measures to guard the ticket counters. Kailun said he had received information of the intimidation and that the matter was being investigated. The police officer, however, said the threats could be linked to the ongoing attacks against non-Manipuris in Manipur. The director general of police, Yumnam Joykumar Singh, yesterday said cadres of armed groups were behind the serial killings and instructed the superintendents of police to identify the assailants within two weeks. Sources said the cadres targeted the migrants to scare them away from Manipur into going back to their home states. After the latest strike, the Okram Ibobi Singh government today opened a relief camp at Dharmasala lodge run by the business community here. Kailun said 66 migrants were taking shelter at the relief camp. The police rounded up migrants in isolated places and those staying in rented houses and brought them to the relief camp. He appealed to the migrants to remain confined to the city limits until the situation improved. The SSP appealed to owners of rented houses in vulnerable areas to report the presence of migrants so that protective measures could be taken. “We have taken every possible measure and also intensified frisking by mobile police teams. We are making all efforts to track down the culprits,” he said.

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