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Public protests as standoff between GPRN/NSCN and Assam Riffles in Manipur continues

(Public protests against Assam Rifles in Manipur)

Dimapur, February 21 (NE): Situation at Senapati Town today, February Twenty One took a different turn when one of the GPRN leader who is the 2nd Town Command of Senapati district in Manipur was arrested by Assam Riffles in retaliation of yesterday’s incident between GPRN and Assam Riffles (AR).

The people of Senapati protested against the Assam rifles’ high handedness. The GPRN leader was in the AR custody and the public led mostly by women folks organized a road block in National Highway with banners.

As per information received here, amidst the ongoing ceasefire and peace talks between the Government of India and the Government of People’s Republic of Nagalim (GPRN), an Assam Rifles ‘Captain’ was allegedly ‘captured’ and his weapon ‘seized’ by GPRN’s ‘Naga Army’ following a clash at Tahamzam, the headquarters of Senapati district, in Manipur on Thursday, February Twenty.

But after the intervention from local residents, led by women both the Captain and his weapon were reportedly released later in the day on good faith. The incident took place when the jawans of the Assam Rifles were busy launching a Road Opening Party (ROP), which is a normal thing in such areas.

After that episode, the Assam Riffles arrested one second in command of GPRN under Senapati district, which was strongly protested by locals with banners to restore peace as the Government is currently having crucial peace talks which is in the final stage of vex Naga political issue.

The Government of Manipur has imposed a curfew to control the situation, as per sources. No further informations were available until the time of filing this report.