Manipur: Bandh supporters torch police vehicle

Supporters of `Hill district bandh` which began from midnight set ablaze three vehicles including a police van in interior Tamenglong district.

Updated: Nov 05, 2011, 11:50 AM IST

Imphal: Supporters of `Hill district bandh`
which began from midnight of November 3 set ablaze three
vehicles including a police van in interior Tamenglong
district of Manipur, official reports said on Saturday.
Reports said two small-size trucks which were coming from
border town of Jiribam with essential items along National
Highway-53 (Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar) were set on fire at Noney
area, about 72 km west of here, yesterday.

Reports said the police forces who rushed to the spot
opened fire to disperse the mob who also set afire a police
van of Noney police station.

United Naga Council (UNC), supported by All Naga Students`
Association Manipur (ANSAM), had called the bandh to protest
against the signing of an agreement between state government
and representatives of Sadar Hills District Demand Committee
(SHDDC) on November 1.
Under the agreement, state government would upgrade
Kuki-majority Sadar Hills area in Naga-majority Senapati
district to a full-fledged revenue district after getting the
report of the District Reorganisation Committee (DRC) headed
by Chief Secretary, D S Poonia, official sources said.

On the other hand, the economic blockade launched by UNC
along two national highways (Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati NH39) and
(Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar NH53) entered 76th day today, sources
said adding that UNC had launched economic blockade since
August 21 last to protest the demand of the SHDDC.

To press their demand, SHDDC had launched economic blockade
on the two highways for 93rd day which ended on November 1
night after signing the agreement with the government, sources
said.

PTI