Imphal valley witnesses protest demonstration against AR; GoM removes 9 AR from manning checkpoint in Bishnupur

Imphal: Widespread protest demonstrations took place on Monday in various valley areas of Manipur, expressing condemnation against the Assam Rifles for their alleged use of excessive force upon women protesters who were trying to prevent the proposed mass burial of Kuki-Zo people at Torbung Bangla on August 3.

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A 24-hour People’s Curfew Against Assam Rifles was organized by the Committee on Protest Against Assam Rifles. As part of this curfew, Meira Paibi women and local residents participated in protest demonstrations at multiple locations, including Singjamei Chinga, Lalambung Makhong Takhelambam Leirak, Khuyathong Pukhri Achouba Mapal, Haobam Marak Ngangom Leikai, Lilong, Sawombung, Sagolband Meino Leirak Machin, Salam Leikai, Langol, Khurai Lairikyengbam Leikai and Uchiwa.

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Protestors have accused the Assam Rifles of employing aggressive tactics against the women demonstrators at Torbung Bangla. These tactics allegedly included stamping on protesters, using electric currents and chemical sprays, and employing metal barricades with sharp edges to block their movement.

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Meanwhile, the government of Manipur has replaced Assam Rifles from Moirang Lamkhai on the Bishnupur to Kangvai Road check point with Civil Police and CRPF in an order today.

In partial modification of this office’s order of even no. dated 31 August, 2023, the Naka/ Check Point at Moirang Lamkhai on the Bishnupur to Kangvai Road shall be manned by Civil Police and CRPF in the place of 9 AR with immediate effect and until further orders, the order issued by Addl. Director General of Police (L&O) Manipur read.

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