Militants force shutdown in Manipur

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Senapati (Manipur), July 21 (ANI): A 48-hour shutdown against the Central Government's decision to deploy additional forces has crippled life in five hill districts of Manipur.

The shutdown called by the United Naga Council (UNC) is supported by some tribal organisations.

In Senapati district, life came to a grinding halt as shops and other establishments closed in compliance with the shutdown call.

Vehicles remained off the roads and busy market areas wore a deserted look.

Last month, the Manipur Government deployed around 700 India Reserve Battalion (IRB) personnel and 300 police commandos in some districts of the state to help the local police combat rebels and maintain law and order.

Many residents feel that the presence of security forces would result in clashes with militants in the region. (ANI)

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