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Tension prevails in Imphal over an alleged fake encounter

Tension prevails in Manipur’s capital Imphal following an alleged fake encounter. During the 48-hour general strike starting from Monday, three persons were injured following clashes between police and protestors.

, ET Bureau|
Aug 03, 2009, 08.52 PM IST
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GUWAHATI: Tension prevails in Manipur���s capital Imphal following an alleged fake encounter. During the 48-hour general strike starting from Monday, three persons were injured following clashes between police and protestors.

Protests started following pictures released by a Delhi-based web portal on Saturday. Pictures were published in local dailies showing police personnel surrounding a youth Chungkham Sanjit. The youth was taken to a pharmacy and later his body was brought out from there.

The police have claimed that Sanjit was killed in an encounter on July 23 this year. Sanjit was a member of outlawed People���s Liberation of Army and had surrendered a couple of years back.

Rabina Devi, a pregnant woman and Sanjit were killed and five other persons were wounded in the shootout.

Opposition party, Manipur People���s Party on Monday met the governor and demanded removal of the chief minister O bobi Singh. The party has also demanded judicial inquiry by sitting judge of the high court. The party has demanded arrest and suspension of police officers involved in the incident and compensation to the family members.

The state government has already ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident. A joint action committee formed by residents of Khurai area, however, rejected the magisterial order.

Apunba Lup, a conglomerate of more than 30 citizen organizations, has called for 48-hour general strike.

Police sources added residents of the Sanjit's locality, Khurai, hit the streets, shouting slogans. "Three people were injured in clashes. Flights and inter-state bus services were moving as per schedule. Private vehicles were off the road. There was no untoward incident," sources claimed.

The city has witnessed large scale protest on Sunday. The police have uses tear gas and water cannons to quell the protestors.

Meanwhile, militant outfit Karbi Longri North Cachar Hill Liberation Front (KLNLF) which is active in KarbiAnglong district of Assam has set September deadline for the Centre initiate peace talks with the outfit.

Publicity secretary Rezek Bera has warned that rebel group will attack government officials and Hindi-speaking people if the government fail to initiate talks. The outfit has submitted an 11-point charter of demands to the union ministry of home affairs.

Police in Assam on Monday have claimed to have averted a major disaster, when they recovered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while it was being brought to Guwahati. Police sources claimed, "Some more explosives are there in the city and we are trying to detect it."
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