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Imphal curfew back as tension flares up

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Imphal, December 24, 2012
First Published: 23:54 IST(24/12/2012) | Last Updated: 23:57 IST(24/12/2012)

Curfew was reimposed in greater Imphal as tension and violence continued for the third day on Monday, in protest against the molestation of a Manipuri actor and the killing of a journalist in police firing.


On December 18, the 20-year old actor was molested, allegedly by RT Livingstone, a cadre of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (IM) during a music concert in Chandel.

In protest against the incident, an indefinite strike has been on since Friday. But violence erupted on Sunday and during the police firing to quell the mob, freelance television cameraman Th Dwijamani died.

In view of the appeals for relaxation ahead of Christmas, the strike was relaxed for two days since Sunday.

But on Monday, it evoked strong reaction from a group of artistes, including the victim, and the leaders of civil society, who said they'd continue the agitation till the accused is punished.

The strike is not against the hill people or the celebration of Christmas, "but we want action against the Livingstone," the actor said.

The residents of Thangmeiband, where Dwijamani lived and died, too came out on the streets in protest. The police fired tear gas shells to disperse the people and detained some of them.

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