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Two militants killed in encounter in Manipur
Published on 22 Aug. 2010 12:07 AM IST
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Two cadres of Kangleipak Communist Party were killed in a fierce night long gun battle with troops of Assam Rifles (AR) at New Bungmual village under Sapermaina police station, Senapati district, police said Saturday.
One AK-56 rifle with 120 rounds loaded in three magazines, a lathod gun with 11 shells and one .32 pistol with a magazine containing one live round were recovered. Police retrieved the bodies of the militants today and transferred at RIMS morgue, Imphal for official procedures.
The gun battle erupted at about 7.30 pm last night when the troops of 26 AR entered into the area based on the information of presence of some armed militants in the area, police source said.
The exchange of fire ceased after 20 minutes but troops continued search operations till late this afternoon as suspect more militants were suspected to be hiding in the hilly border areas. Meanwhile, a hand grenade was lobbed at the house of a retired government officer last night, police said. The hand grenade hurled by militants exploded at the courtyard of Soibam Anandi Devi of Liwa Lambi Chanam Pukhri Mapal Ningthoujam Leikai under Singjamei police station last night about 9.20 pm. She was an accountant in the Manipur Treasury Department and had retired recently. Further, no one injured in the blast.
Meanwhile, passenger transport service in Imphal was severely hit for the second day on Saturday as diesel auto-rickshaws and tata magic services were off the road over the fare rate impasse. The passenger service of the diesel auto-rickshaws and tata magic vehicles had been suspended since Friday when they were asked to reduce the fare rates, which had been hiked during the prolonged scarcity of vehicle fuel due to economic blockade on the national highways in Manipur.
It may be made that prices of petrol and diesel in Manipur were hiked upto Rs 120 and Rs 80 per litre during the 68-day long economic blockade which commenced from April 11 and lasted till June 18.
With oil filling stations opened and government not rationing petrol and diesel, many civil organisations like United Committee Manipur asked them to cut down the fare rates.
On the other hand, drivers of the auto and tata magic passenger service were not willing to reduce the fare rate. They rejected the proposal stating that prices of goods increased and further resolved to continue suspension till any amicable decision was taken.

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