Imphal, Dec 19: Protestors angry over the economic blockade in Manipur resorted to violence and torched several vehicles especially those coming from the Naga-dominated hill districts over the weekend.
Authorities were forced to impose an indefinite curfew in Imphal East District. Internet mobile services were also shutdown in an effort to ease the tensions in the state. Officials sensing trouble, said that the decision was taken to prevent spreading of wrong and communal messages on social media.
The unrest is a result of the economic blockade and recent terror attacks including one where 70 suspected Naga terrorists attacked a police post on Saturday. Police officials had to use tear gas to disperse the angry mob. 22 vehicles were torched near Imphal and a church was set ablaze after tribals protested against differences with Christians.
State and central paramilitary forces have been keeping a sharp vigil at various areas to avoid any untoward incident.
Here are some images from the region:
Angry mob torched several vehicles
Angry mob set on fire vehicles in Imphal East district on Sunday in protest against the United Naga Council (UNC)'s indefinite economic blockade.
Tear gas used to disperse angry mob
Police officials had to use tear gas to disperse angry mob that torched several vehicles in Imphal.
Mobile internet service blocked
Mobile internet services were blocked to prevent sharing of communal and hate messages.
Economic blockade has been imposed by Naga Tribal groups
The unrest is a result of the economic blockade imposed by Naga tribal groups and recent terror attacks in the state.
Curfew imposed in Imphal till 4 pm on Monday
Paramilitary forces keep a sharp vigil in the state after protests erupted resulting in several vehicles being torched.