Normality limps back in Manipur, killings condemned

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Imphal, Mar 19 (UNI) Manipur is limping back to normality today after two days of violence, in which 14 non-Manipuris were killed and five injured.

On March 17 seven persons were guned down by unidentified armed militants at Hayel in West Imphal.

Police said seven more were gunned down by militants at different parts of the state yesterday.

All the deceased were working as labourers from different parts of the country and have been identified, police said.

Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh has condemned the killings and assured to take immediate action against the culprits.

The government has issued prohibitory orders restricting movement of people with vehicles from 1800 hours to 0500 hours in Imphal West, Imphal East, Thoubal and Bishenpur districts.

Police said the prohibitory order was served under Section 144 Cr PC, 1973. Similar restrictions have also been imposed in all the valley districts.

The Chief Minister said all available forces have been called to maintain vigil and check recurrence of violence.

Police said no untoward incident was reported today and police personnel were patrolling in all the four districts.

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