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Price hike agitation in Manipur
Correspondent IMPHAL, APR 8
Published on 9 Apr. 2010 12:34 AM IST
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Police in Manipur on Thursday foiled ‘jail bharo’ agitations carried out by workers of CPI in five districts even as CPI (M) workers staged a sit-in protest at the complex of the Sangaiporou FCI godown to protest against price hike of all essential commodities.
The agitations of the two Left parties in Manipur were part of the nationwide ‘jail bharo’ agitation earlier announced demanding for strict implementation of Public Distribution System (PDS) to contain the prices of essential commodities like rice, wheat and edible oil.
The agitations also demanded job for all and land title deeds for landless poor.
MLAs and leaders of CPI led the agitations that were carried out in five districts of the state, Imphal east, Imphal west, Bishnupur, Thoubal and Churachandpur districts simultaneously at around noon.
Police used water cannon and used mob dispersion ammunitions in stopping the agitators in Imphal east district led by state assistant secretary of CPI Manipur State Council, L Sotinkumar marching towards the DC office.
Around 100 of them who refused to move away despite police action were arrested by the police and were transported to Tinsid, some 10 kms away from the district headquarters, and released there.
While at the DC office of Imphal West, agitators led by CPI MLA, H Borajao and state secretary Langol Iboyaima were kept confined by the police near the DC office complex till 3 pm and later released.
The agitation in Thoubal district was led by MLA, Dr U Deben and former minister, Dr M Nara. The protest rally originated from Khangabok area was In Bishnupur district the rally was led by MLA, N Mangi and the rally to be held from Ningthoukhong was prevented by the police.
In Churachandpur district, the protest rally was carried out without any interference from the police.
State Secretary, Langol Iboyaima speaking at the protest site at Imphal West DC office at Lamphel said no one was going to benefit by Food Security Act he claimed.
Leaders and workers of CPI(M) Manipur State Council separately staged a sit-in protest at FCI godown complex at Sangaiporou Imphal as part of the nationwide agitation.

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