4 hill districts limp back to normalcy
Source: The Sangai Express

Senapati, July 10 (NNN): The four hill districts of Manipur, which were ravaged by arson yesterday, slowly returned to normalcy today and there was no report of any more violent agitation during the day today.

However, according to sources from ANSAM, the agitation would intensify.

Nagas in the four districts of Senapati, Tamenglong, Ukhrul and Chandel erupted in anger against the shooting of a man by personnel of the India Reserve Battalion posted at Senapati district headquarters on Friday night in a state of drunkenness.

The personnel also beat up another person.

In reaction, Nagas burnt down over 20 Government buildings in the headquarters of these districts since morning till night yesterday.

Arsonists burnt four Government offices at Senapati and Tadubi late last night.

An official source said protestors torched one ZEO office, veterinary office and fishery office at Senapati.

Another group of protestors also burnt a veterinary office at Tadubi.

They tried to set afire the office of the SDO at Tadubi, but police prevented them from burning it.

Official sources in the district headquarters today said there was no report of any unwanted incident today.

The situation is under control, but tension still persists, they said over the phone.

All shops were closed and there was no vehicular traffic as a 48 hour general strike is being observed since yesterday in the four districts.

There was no inter-district bus service today.

The agitating students body suspected that the Manipur Government had ´┐Żrestricted and controlled´┐Ż telephone lines in the hill areas from functioning smoothly since early this morning as phone calls could not be made conveniently.

Namdingpou Kamei, co-ordinator of the Zeliangrong Students' Union, Tamenglong District, has warned that they would start attacking the BSNL too if the smooth functioning of phone lines were not restored.

ANSAM leaders too have accused the Government of intentionally disrupting the telephone line in the hill areas to give hurdles to the ongoing agitation.