Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh on Sunday appealed to militant organisations to lay down arms and join the mainstream by participating in the development programmes.
Speaking on the occasion of the 64th Independence Day at the first Manipur Rifles parade ground amid tight security in view of the boycott called by insurgent organisations, Singh said violence will not provide any solution and asked militants to come to the negotiation table for discussing their problems.
Officials said there was heavy deployment of state and central forces at many vulnerable places in view of the boycott call given by the Manipur People's Liberation Front (MPLF).
Patrolling was intensified at different parts of the capital town to prevent any untoward incident.
Reports from the districts said the day was celebrated at district headquarters amid heavy deployment of forces.