Calm, but uneasy air hangs over Mao
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, May 20, 2010: After days of prohibition imposed under different IPC to restrict the assembly and movement of the people, Mao town is slowly limping back to normalcy, though the high security barricade put up at Mao Gate to prevent the entry of NSCN (IM) leader Th Muivah still stands.

Shops have started opening and local transporters have resumed service.

However an uneasy air still prevails over the border town of Manipur as the place is still choc-a-bloc with security forces on round the clock duty.

About two companies of the CRPF are assisting the State forces in maintaining law and order, which is under the overall supervision of the IGP (LO-III), V Zathang.The barricade has been put up since May 2, after the State Government decided against the proposed visit of the NSCN (IM) leader Th Muivah to enter Manipur and visit his birth place.

Though a semblance of normalcy has descended upon this picturesque town, around 500 people of Mao who fled through the jungles to Nagaland, after the May 6 incident are yet to return home.Two students were killed in police tiring on May 6.A police officer sta tioned at Mao informed over the phone, "Today .

we saw some passenger buses plying between Mao and Imphal and the people ap peared calm while going about their daily chores".

The police officer added that a restriction under CrPC 144 has been revoked by the District Magistrate since some days back, though the restrictions are in force during the night.

On the other hand, the district administration is putting forward its best foot to restore normalcy in Senapati district.

Since a good, number of people has fled to neighboring Nagaland from Mao following the May 6 incident, cultivation works are yet to start fully.

When contacted, DC of Senapati Nidhi Kesherwani said, "One Sub-Divisional officer was sent to Nagaland to convince the displaced villagers to return to their homesteads without fear or apprehension and continue with their daily chores".

We are doing everything possible to bring back the displaced villagers, who number around 450, added the DC.