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RPF warns of strike on independence day
Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 9:
Published on 9 Aug. 2010 10:48 PM IST
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The banned Revolutionary People Front (RPF), the political wing of the People Liberation Army (PLA) has called general strike on August 15 in Manipur as part of boycotting the 63rd Independence Day.
The strike would be effective from 1am to 6:30pm on August 15, however fire services, medical and religious related functions had been exempted.
Manipur was merged into the Indian union. There is no reason for celebrating the Independence Day in the state. People can take part in the celebration of India’s Independence Day only when Manipur gets independence as part of respect to an independent country recognized by United Nation, a statement issued by its publicity secretary T Leishemba stated.
On the other hand, security in Imphal city and its outskirt had been beefed up ahead of Independence Day as militants, boycotting the day every year, were likely to carry out violent attack to disturb the celebration.
A mopping up operation was conducted at Paona Bazar in Imphal today by the Imphal West District Police as part of beefing up security in the state capital. A total of nine youths were rounded up for verification, a police officer said.
Additional SP (law and order), Ibomcha, who supervised the mopping up operation, said that it was a part of intensifying security measures ahead of the Independence Day.
“Militants are likely to carry out disruptive activities in Imphal area ahead of the Independence Day as per intelligence source,” the police officer said adding that security had been tightened to prevent anti-social activities in Imphal.
Meanwhile, office of the Khadi and Village Industry (KVI) at Lamphel Imphal, locked down by suspected KCP-Lamyanba Khuman group on Saturday, was opened by the police in presence of the state industries minister, Y Erabot.
The office was locked down by the militants for not meeting their extortion demand of Rs 60 lakh, from the Central sponsored Prime Minister Employment General Yojana (PMEGY) scheme implemented by KVI, Manipur.
According to a source close to KVI office, the militants were demanding to pay Rs 30 lakh every year from the fund released by the Centre for the scheme as party fund. Alleging the office failed to pay the amount for last year, they are demanding to pay Rs 60 lakh this year.
Criticizing the act of the militants, industries minister said that by their acts of extortion, employees were not able to discharge their duties peacefully in their offices.
UGs assault workers
Workers engaged in the construction of a police station in Ukhrul district, Manipur left their work place following assault and threats by armed miscreants suspected to be cadres of NSCN (IM), an official source said Monday.
According to police source, around 10 to 15 armed cadres of the outfit in combat dress and holding rifles entered into the makeshift lodging of the workers at the Yaingangpokpi police station construction site on Friday evening and assaulted them.
Cadres also destroyed properties at the work site including newly constructed walls and materials. They also threatened the workers to leave the place immediately with the warning that they would face dare consequences.
Fear over the threat posed on them, workers left the worksite and further police registered a case against the assailants.

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