Defying curfew in Manipur’s Imphal East and West district,people took out processions demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh over the killing of a young man in an alleged fake encounter.
Hundreds of people,including women participated in the processions on Tinsid Road,about 5 km from Imphal to denounce the July 23 killing of Chungkham Sanjit and shouted slogans against the Chief Minister.
Security personnel prevented the processionists from entering the state capital complex.
Official sources said people also defied curfew at Tera in Imphal west district and set ablaze effigies of the chief minister and Director General of Police Y Joykumar.
Police and security personnel dispersed the processionists at Tera,while security was tightened at Shingjamei and Mayai Lambi area in Imphal West district after reports that thousands of persons were trying to defy curfew and take out processions.
Five activists of social organisation,Apunba Lup which is the spearheading agitation for resignation of Ibobi Singh and demanding action against police commandos involved in the killing of Sanjit,have been arrested as a preventive measure,police sources said.
Indefinite curfew,imposed since the night of August four in Imphal East and Imphal West districts,meanwhile was relaxed for four hours from 5:00 am this morning.
An Apunba Lup spokesman said a series of agitation would be launched to stop “killing” of civilians in alleged fake encounters.
He alleged the government was protecting senior police officials after the July 23 incident at Imphal market complex in which a pregnant woman was killed and five others injured.
A Delhi-based news magazine had claimed that Sanjit was killed in an alleged fake encounter.