Security measures beefed up in Manipur ahead of MCPM’s strike

Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 16 | Publish Date: 12/16/2018 11:29:09 AM IST

Security across Manipur has been beefed up ahead of a 48-hour general strike called given by the Maoist Communist Party, Manipur (MCPM), due to begin from midnight of December 16. 

However, considering the National Eligibility Test (NET) examination which is on December 18, the outfit has shortened the duration of the strike till December 17. 

In a statement, coordinator, standing committee, Kyonghan Mangang stated that the organisation was prepared for the general strike to demand for the reconstruction of Mongba Hanba Khubam and Khurai Ahong Pung shrines.

Another demand of the outfit was to change of the name ‘Manipur’ to an indigenous one. 

If RSS/BJP’s agenda to construct Ram Mandir at Babri Masjid was not considered as communal, then the demand for reconstruction of Mongba Hanba shrine at Mahabali should not be taken as communal, the statement added while appealing to people to extend their support during the general strike.

Ahead of the strike, intensified security measures have been taken up at various sensitive areas of the state. 

State security personnel were seen detailed at almost all sensitive areas, particularly in the twin Imphal districts.

Armed police personnel and state police commandos were also conducting frequent patrolling along almost all the main roads leading to the state capital, besides conducting random frisking and checking of vehicles. 

Meanwhile, the state government has warned employees of departmental proceedings against not attending their duties during the proposed general strike.

An order of the government issued by home department directed the administrative secretaries and head of departments to ensure attendance in all their offices and subordinate offices during the general strikes.

It said attendance report should be sent to the concerned administrative departments, failing which departmental proceedings should be taken up against those who are absent from duty during this period. 

Similarly, the government has also ordered the shops and establishments to remain open.  

Meanwhile, during frisking and checking, security force arrested a youth with a hand grenade on Sunday. The youth has been identified as Md Nishar Ahamed (30) son of Mv Rafiuddin of Lilong Yangbi Leikai (Thoubal district).

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