Manipuris continue to defy curfew
Posted by Admin on August 7, 2009
IMPHAL: Notwithstanding Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi announcing a judicial inquiry into the July 23 killings here and ordering the suspension of the policemen involved in the fake encounter, thousands of men and women continued to defy curfew. They blocked roads with burning tyres, logs, boulders and glass pieces.
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram is reported to have rung up Mr. Ibobi, who was camping at the Manipur House in New Delhi, to know why a judicial inquiry was not instituted if the State government was so certain that it was an encounter. Soon after his arrival here on Wednesday, Mr. Ibobi announced the government decision on the inquiry and suspension.
The Chief Minister refused to disclose the names of the policemen suspended, during a press conference here.
On Wednesday night, thousands of women held torch-light rallies. Similar demonstrations were reported from the four valley districts and the hill district, Chandel.