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North East

Magisterial probe ordered into looting of arms from IRB camp in Manipur

IMPHAL, FEBRUARY 19: The Manipur Government has ordered a magisterial probe into the looting of arms from an India Reserve Battalion (IRB) camp at Chingarel in Imphal East district on February 13 to "ascertain the facts and circumstances leading to the incident". An order issued by the Home Department on Sunday said "an unfortunate incident occurred on February 13 in which a mob mostly youths stormed the camp of 5th IRB located at Chingarel Tezpur and snatched away arms and ammunition leading to a confrontation between mob and security forces...
North East

Manipur: Tribal body urges government employees to refrain from going to office over cop’s suspension

IMPHAL, February 18: The Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum (ITLF) has urged government employees in Manipur's Churachandpur district to refrain from attending work from Monday over the suspension of a head constable who was allegedly seen with armed men in a video grab. The tribal outfit has made the call to press for its demand for the revocation of the suspension of head constable Siamlalpaul and "immediate replacement" of Superintendent of Police Shivanand Surve and Deputy Commissioner Dharun Kumar. At least two people were killed and 30 injured in firing by...
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Manipur’s Churachandpur limps back to normal after tribal body lifts ‘total shutdown’

IMPHAL, February 17: The situation in Manipur's Churachandpur town, where two people were killed in a clash with security forces two days ago after a mob barged into the mini-secretariat to protest the suspension of a constable, returned to normal on Saturday after the Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum (ITLF) lifted the "total shutdown" in the southern district, officials said. Schools reopened and markets and business establishments have resumed activities, they said. However, the indefinite "public curfew" imposed by the Kuki Student Organisation (KSO) and other student organisations across the district...
North East

BSF jawan injured in gun attack in Manipur

Imphal, February 17: A BSF jawan was injured in a gun attack in Manipur's Kakching district on Saturday, an official said. Injured head constable Som Dutt, 45, is from Himachal Pradesh, the official said. Dutt suffered injuries on his left shoulder when he was hit by a bullet at Sugnu village. He was admitted to a private hospital, he said. 'There have been consistent attacks by armed men for the last three days at Sugnu. On Friday night, they fired from the hill slopes using medium machine guns,' the official...
North East

Petrol pumps shut down in Manipur over ‘donation demands’ by various organisations

Imphal, February 16: Fuel outlets operating in the valley districts of Manipur have decided to shut down for three days starting Friday due to alleged 'financial crisis' and 'donation demands by various organisations'. Representatives of the retail outlets made this announcement after an emergency meeting on Thursday, stating that any additional pressure during this time will result in further closures. On February 10, the representatives had informed Chief Minister N Biren Singh that they might be forced to close their retail outlets if the financial demands or donations exceed their...
North East

7 personnel suspended in looting of arms from IRB camp in Manipur

Imphal, February 16: Seven personnel of the India Reserve Battalion have been suspended for dereliction of duties in connection with the looting of arms and ammunition from the special force’s Chingarel camp in Manipur’s Imphal East district. They have been asked not to leave their headquarters without obtaining prior permission, according to an order issued by the commandant of the 5th India Reserve Battalion on Thursday. The order said the seven personnel were suspended for “grave negligence and dereliction of duties” after arms and ammunition were looted from the camp...
North East

Manipur women take to streets to protest gun attacks by armed men

Imphal, February 15: Thousands of women, primarily Meira Paibis (women torch bearers), took to the streets across the five districts of Imphal valley in Manipur on Thursday afternoon in protest against frequent gun attacks by armed men at villages near the hills close to the valleys. Organised by the civil body People’s Alliance for Peace and Progress Manipur, women at Singjamei, Kakwa, and Heingang in Imphal West district raised slogans to protect “the territorial and administrative integrity” of Manipur, denouncing the gun attacks by the armed men targeting villagers. Protesters...
North East

Rainfall drops in Manipur, water scarcity possible: CM

Imphal, February 15: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Thursday said there is a possibility of water scarcity in the state, particularly in Imphal valley, due to a decline in forest cover in the hill areas and less rainfall. Speaking at the inauguration of a housing complex for government employees, Singh urged people not to encroach on forest land. “The possibility of water scarcity exists in the state, particularly valley areas, as forest covers have declined in the hill areas. Rainfall has also dropped,” the chief minister said without...
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