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Cine halls close in Manipur owing to militant threats
Correspondent IMPHAL, MAY 2:
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Published on 3 May. 2011 1:48 AM IST
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Screening of films in cinema halls in Imphal was suspended from Monday following threats and extortion by militants. Employees of cinema halls protested against the militants’ extortion threats.
According to the employees, a group of KCP was demanding `10 lakhs each from the cinema halls in Imphal area and hall proprietors had no choice but to close the halls as the amount demanded by militants was beyond their means. Only four cinema halls are running in Imphal area and screening only Manipuri films since Hindi films were banned in Manipur by a militant outfit.
Revolutionary People Front (RPF), the political wing of the People Liberation Army (PLA) 11 year back in October 2000, since then almost all the cinema halls in the state closed down. But with the coming up of digital movies in cinema resulting in the production of Manipuri films at low cost, some of the halls that shut down reopened and started screening Manipuri films.
Film industries is giving livelihood to more than 3000 people including artistes, film artistes who took part in the sit-in protest staged in front of the Usha Cinema, Paona Bazar asserted.
The closure of the halls will tantamount to cut their livelihood, they lamented while making an appeal to the militant group (KCP-Moist) to withdraw the demands and help in the development of Manipuri film.

 
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