Bandh supporters set ablaze police van in Manipur.

Manipur bandhImphal: Supporters of the Hill’s district bandh, which began a protest on Thursday midnight, set ablaze three vehicles, including a police van in interior Tamenglong district of Manipur, official reports said on Saturday.
Reports said that two small size trucks which were coming from a border town of Jiribam with necessary items along National Highway-53 (Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar) were set on fire at Noney area, on Friday.
Police forces hurried to the spot and opened fire to disperse the mob that set afire a police van of Noney police station, the reports said.
United Naga Council (UNC), supported by All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM), had called the bandh to protest against the signing of an agreement between state government and representatives of Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC) on Nov1.
In the agreement, state government would upgrade Kuki-majority Sadar Hills area in Naga-majority Senapati district to a full-fledged revenue district after getting the report of the District Reorganisation Committee (DRC) headed by Chief Secretary, D.S. Poonia, official sources said.
On the other hand, the economic blockade launched by UNC along 2 national highways (Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati NH39) and (Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar NH53) entered the 76th day today, sources said.
To force down for their demand, SHDDC had launched economic blockade on the two highways for 93 days, which finished on the November 1 night after signing of an agreement with the government, sources said.


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