Sec 144 CrPC lifted from Ukhrul

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IMPHAL, September 7: The State government has today withdrawn prohibitory order imposed under section 144 of Cr PC from Ukhrul town, a day after it was relaxed for 12 hours on a trial run.

A statement issued by Dr J Suresh Babu, principal secretary Home stated that the government reviewed the law and order situation prevailing in Ukhrul town and was satisfied with the substantial improvement of the situation.

Hence, it has decided to withdraw the Prohibitory order, it said.

It further assured that the security forces deployed in Ukhrul town will also be withdrawn gradually if the law and order situation further improves or return to normalcy.

It may be noted that the prohibitory order was relaxed on a trial run following arrival of a high level committee comprising of Union additional secretary (Home) Rajiv Gauba, joint secretary (North east in-charge) Sambhu Singh and special secretary (Internal Secretary) Prakash Mishra.

The team met with the Chief Minister and deputy Chief Minister and took stock of the situation in the State after the Ukhrul firing incident.

It may be mentioned that on July 12 Ukhrul autonomous district council Ngalangzar Malue was killed by unidentified miscreants at Finch corner.

In response to the attack, the State government arrested 8 cadres of the NSCN-IM from Ukhrul subsequently imposing CrPC 144 in the district head quarter.

The imposition of prohibitory order invited mass criticism from various Naga organisation and widespread protest however things turned ugly on Augus 31 when two protestors were killed and several injured when police opened fire a protest rally held in Ukhrul.

Reacting strongly, the UNC imposed an indefinite blockade of all highways in Naga inhabited area from September 4. Meanwhile, Over 200 trucks including 30 empty oil tankers are reportedly stranded in various places of Assam.

Most of the stranded trucks are reportedly stationed at Moran under Sibsagar District and Jorabat of Assam.

Reports said that the oil tankers that have been stranded for about four days are now facing shortage of food supply. Concerned over the situation, the transporters union has prepared to dispatch a team to replenish stock for the stranded truckers in Assam.

Around180 loaded oil tankers are standing by at the ISBT Khuman Lampak.

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