Manipur Assembly session last day; security beefed up

Manipur Assembly session last day; security beefed up
Manipur chief minister’s bungalow being fortified with barbwire barricades. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 22 | Publish Date: 7/22/2018 11:56:51 PM IST
Security measures in the twin Imphal districts, have been tightened with the deployment of a large number of police and security personnel as a precautionary measure to check any possible untoward incident during the Monday session of the State Assembly.
Besides the already promulgated restrictions under section 144 of CrPC, sensitive VIP places like chief minister’s bungalow, Raj Bhavan and the Assembly complex have been fortified by armed state police and security forces.  
Office of the ruling BJP office in Imphal’s Nityapat Chuthek opposite Raj Bhavan Manipur has also been fortified.
In these places, besides fencing with barbwire barricades, frequency of police patrolling has also been intensified.
The security measures have been implemented in view of the prevailing high tensions among the people and taking into account sensitive issues like the Manipur University crisis, the protest objecting a bill proposing an amendment to the liquor prohibition, latest developments in the Framework Agreement and the border pillar issue among others.
While a students’ agitation demanding immediate removal of vice-chancellor Prof AP Pandey of Manipur University was in full swing, civil society organizations, particularly women, have shown discontent about the proposed amendment to The Manipur Prohibition Act 1991.
Another issue in the fore for the people of the state was the latest development in the Indo-Naga peace talks after some sections of the media reported a possible special status to Nagas under Article 371(A) of Indian Constitution.
Leading civil society organizations like UCM, AMUCO and CSSK have been demanding that the Assembly thoroughly discuss Article 371(A) of the Indian Constitution in view of the reports of its proposed extension to Naga inhabited areas of Manipur.
The CSOs had even warned that they would go to the people, depending on the resolution the house arrives at after deliberating on the matter.

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