Army denies harassing civilians in Manipur
A defence release said no excesses were committed on civilians on Monday in Moreh.india Updated: Jul 18, 2006 15:56 IST
The Assam Rifles on Tuesday denied harassing civilians even as the indefinite bandh in the border town of Moreh in Chandel district of Manipur against excesses by the para military forces entered the second day on Tuesday, official reports said.
A defence release said no excesses were committed on civilians on Monday in Moreh by Assam Rifles personnel who had been doing their duty with diligence.
It said Assam Rifles personnel did not threaten media persons at Moreh nor was their equipment seized and added that para military forces had asked newspersons to maintain distance so that the forces were not hindered from discharging their duties.
Local correspondents at Moreh on Monday had said the Assam Rifles had tried to prevent them from covering the bandh.
The release also said there was no harassment of students by Assam Rifles personnel on July 15 last at Noney area on Imphal-Silchar NH 53 as reported in a section of the press.
Meanwhile, reports from Moreh said indefinite bandh in the border town, about 120 kms southeast of Imphal, continued to cripple normal life on the second day.