Manipur tightens security ahead of I-Day


Newmai News Network

Imphal | August 12


Security forces are intensifying frisking activities in Manipur especially in the valley districts ahead of the Independence Day celebrations. Manipur police commandos wielding sophisticated weapons and stopping people at random by the roadsides for frisking has become a common sight.


Major valley based militant groups boycott the Independence Day celebrations in Manipur every year. Cases of discovery of planted bombs, explosions and shoot out usually mark the Independence Day celebrations in Manipur. In order to foil all threes activities of the militants, the state administration takes up stringent security measures around this time of the year.


Meanwhile, Co-ordination Committee (CorCom), Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and an out called United People’s Liberation Army (UPLA) today called for a boycott of India’s Independence Day. CorCom is a conglomeration of four Meitei based underground groups – UNLF, RPF/PLA, PREPAK and PREPAK (Progressive).


“We, the above-mentioned fraternal revolutionary parties/organizations call upon the entire peoples of our WESEA Region to boycott and prevent the imposed celebration, in any manner, of India’s Independence Day in the region on August 15, 2017, as a strong voice of resistance against Indian colonial occupation as well as repression of our region,” a joint statement from the organizations read.


“To mark our peoples’ collective defiance on this day, a general strike shall be observed throughout the region from 1 am to 6:30 pm on the day,” it added.


During the protest hours, the groups have called for a total shutdown of educational institutions and other training facilities, shops, business establishments, factories and all forms of transport. However, emergency services including media and religious activities have been exempted from the purview of the shutdown.