Security deployment in Manipur to prevent torch light rallies

Imphal: Police and security personnel were deployed at various locations here to prevent any organisation from taking out torch light rallies in Manipur capital complex, defying night curfew.

Official sources said police mobile teams were also deputed to prevent any untoward incident during the proposed torchlight rally tonight.

As part of the continuing agitation, major social organisation Apunba Lup (AL) has plans to take out a torch light rally tonight at the Manipur capital complex here to press its demand for resignation of Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh over the killing of a youth by police commandos in a "fake" encounter on July 23 last.

The AL, in a statement, urged the people to use any available weapon, such as sticks, if the police and security personnel attempted to foil the proposed torchlight rallies in Imphal and surrounding areas.

The AL has been organising sit-in protests, general strike and other forms of democratic agitation across Manipur for the past four weeks demanding the resignation of Ibobi Singh on moral ground, dismissal of commandos involved in the July 23 incident, legal action against them and serious action against senior police officials responsible deployment of commandos at crowded places.

Bureau Report