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Manipur celebrates I-Day amid tight security

india Updated: Aug 15, 2008 11:28 IST

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Independence Day was celebrated in Manipur amid tight security deployment in view of the boycott call given by a major insurgent organisation in the state.

Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh hoisted the tricolour at the First Manipur Rifles Battalion ground in imphal.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister appealed to all the militant organisations in the state to lay down arms and join the mainstream by participating in development programmes implemented by the government.

He also stressed the need for peace as without it development programmes could not be implemented successfully.

The celebrations were held amid heavy deployment of forces in view of the boycott call given by Manipur People's Liberation Front (MPLF) which has been fighting for an "independent" state since four decades.

The militant outfit has also called a general strike from 1 a.M. To 6 p.M. Today. Most roads in the capital wore a deserted look as a result, reports said.

The day was also celebrated at district headquarters amid tight security.