An indefinite curfew has been imposed in Porompat and Sawombung subdivisions of Imphal East district of Manipur on Sunday in view of continued violence. Violence erupted in Imphal city 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.
Protesters attacked vehicles coming from the Naga-dominated hill districts towards Imphal. Several vehicles included Passenger buses and private cars have been set on fire and vandalised. However there have not been reports of any casualties.
Manipur has been reeling under an economic blockade, imposed by Naga tribal groups since November, which has throttled the supply of essential commodities , including fuel and medicines to the state, raising prices of daily necessities.
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.
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.