Change of guard at Mao Gate
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, May 29 2010: State forces deployed at Mao Gate to thwart attempt of NSCN (IM) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah from entering Manipur returned here today.

A large team of State police forces led by IGP (Law & Order-III) V Zathang and including Senior SP of Imphal West District L Kailun, SP of Bishnupur district K Jayenta Singh and others had been staying at Mao Gate since May 2 .

However, after a company led by CO of 6 IRB reached Mao Gate at around 3 am today, State forces stationed earlier at Mao Gate set out for Imphal.

Three CRPF companies are still camping at the area.

While the State forces including police commandos, Manipur Rifles and IRB withdrawn today, were still camping at Mao Gate, an advance security team of Th Muivah from Nagaland was forced to return on May 3 .

On the same day, a delegation of Naga Students' Federation (NSF) who attempted to cross Mao Gate for Senapati inspite restriction imposed under Section 144 CrPC was also foiled and forced to retreat by the State forces.

Angry over preventing the delegation from entering, NSF announced that all vehicles bearing registration number of Manipur would not be allowed to pass through Nagaland.

Moreover, suspected NSF supporters or suspected NSCN (IM) cadres set aflame seven Imphal-bound goods laden trucks at Khuzama in Nagaland on the intervening night of May 3 and 4 .

On May 5, Muivah reportedly came upto Khuzama and there were rumours that the Naga separatist leader forced his entry.

Though no such thing happened, on May 6, a mass rally was taken out in Mao area to protest preventing Muivah from entering Manipur.

In the subsequent police action, two youths got killed.

Meanwhile, hundreds of womenfolk reportedly took out a protest march today morning demanding withdrawal of State forces from Mao.

a prayer session was also held before dispersal.