Update: At least 22 cars, buses and other vehicles were torched in Manipur’s Imphal East district on Sunday by residents protesting against the Naga economic blockade and violence spread to more areas, leading to authorities imposing curfew throughout the district as well as in neighbouring Imphal West. According to the source of IANS.
Imphal: Violence erupted in Manipur’s capital Imphal this afternoon when protesters angry over the ongoing economic blockade in the state and a series of terrorist attacks on security forces earlier this week, resorted to violence. An indefinite curfew has been imposed in the Imphal East district.
Protesters attacked vehicles coming from the Naga-dominated hill districts towards Imphal. Several vehicles have been set on fire and vandalised. One bus was pushed into a river. There have not been reports of any casualties.
Earlier, taking note of the tensions in the capital following three blasts on Thursday and an attack on the oldest Baptist church in Manipur on Friday, the state government decided to shut down internet services in the Imphal West district.
Manipur has been reeling under an economic blockade, imposed by Naga tribal groups since November, which has throttled the supply of essentials, including fuel and medicines to the state, raising prices of daily necessities.
There has also been a spike in incidents of attacks by suspected Naga terror groups like the in the state in recent weeks.
The economic blockade and the terror strikes are seen as a response to the government’s decision to carve out seven new districts in the state. The Naga groups allege the new districts encroach on their ancestral land.
Yesterday, a group around 70 suspected Naga terrorists attacked a police post, stealing nine automatic weapons and leaving two policemen injured.
The attack came on the day of a dawn-to-dusk shutdown called by civil society groups against the economic blockade.