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ATSUM to ban development works

IMPHAL, June 4 (NNN): CrPC 144 has been clamped as tension was running high in Churachandpur district headquarters in Manipur on the concluding day of the 38 hours bandh called by All Tribal Students Union, Manipur (ATSUM) today.

It all began when bandh supporters and others who opposed the bandh confronted each other at the district headquarters today.

The police had to blank-fire to calm the situation. The situation was brought under control late this afternoon.

“We appeal to our leaders especially the state MLAs from the hills to wake up and speak out the truth for the discriminated hill people of Manipur,” ATSUM said today.

It then pledged to continue its agitation of 38 hours  in a democratic manner.

ATSUM said all the developmental work under the state government as well as the under the Centre will be banned from working.

“The railway construction work, oil drilling or extraction of gas and many other developmental works will be banned,” threatened ATSUM today. ATSUM also said after the 38-hour `sustained agitation` it will further intensify its agitation if there is no response coming forth from the government.

Meanwhile, ATSUM alleged its president Muan Tombing was assaulted by police when he went to plead at Sekmai police station to secure release of members of All Tribal Disabled Union, Manipur (ATDUM) who were detained at the station for involving in the bandh yesterday. The ATSUM also alleged that ATDUM volunteers were also assaulted while using abusive words. However, the volunteers were released this afternoon.



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