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Indefinite curfew in Imphal
Protest against killing of 3 govt officials turns violent

Tribune News Service & PTI

Guwahati, February 19
Indefinite curfew was clamped in Imphal today after the police resorted to baton-charge and teargas shelling in different parts of the city after the protest against killing of three government officials by unidentified militants turned violent.

A police source informed that protesters resorted to attacks on vehicles and business establishment in different parts of the city today even as the 48-hour bandh called against the killings continued to cripple life in the hill state.

At least 10 protesters were injured in police lathicharge and teargas shelling. The protesters burnt effigies of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and general secretary of Naga rebel group, NSCN-IM, Thuingaleng Muivah.

Bodies of the three government employees were found on Tuesday in Senapati district of the state after they had gone missing on February 14 while on their way to interior Kasom Khullen from the district headquarter of Ukhrul.

The deceased were identified as sub-divisional officer Thingnam Kishan (40), employee of the Revenue Department Yumnam Token Singh (38), and driver Aribam Rajen Sharma (36).

The Naga rebel group NSCN-IM that has a strong presence in the hill districts of Manipur has come under cloud over the brutal killings.

Meanwhile, the Chef Minister announced suspension of Deputy Commissioner of Ukhrul district Pankaj Kumar and SP A Dorji for negligence of duty.

An inquiry committee, head by commissioner (agriculture), and IG (intelligence) had been formed to investigate into the killings.

He said the committee would give its report soon and the government had some leads about the incident.

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