Guwahati, January 3, 2019:
If you thought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s planned visit to Manipur would not have controversy of any kind, you would be wrong. Rebel groups in Manipur have not taken too kindly to the Prime Minister’s planned visit on January 4, as the Coordinating Committee (CorCom), an umbrella organization consisting of the major militant groups in Manipur, have called for a bandh in protest. The group informed in a statement that the shutdown would be implemented form 1 am till the Prime Minister leaves the state.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to inaugurate a host of new projects as well as lay the foundation stones for others, apart from addressing a crowd on the same day at Hapta Kanjeibung.
Security measures are being beefed up in the twin capital districts of Imphal East and West, with frisking being carried out in the capital. 29 members of Special Protection Group (SPG) have also arrived in Imphal and are helping the local security forces. Sniffer dogs are also being used to sanitize the state capital.
It is to be mentioned that apart from the Corcom, United People’s Revolutionary Front of Manipur (UPRFM), another group of militant factions, has called a 12 hour bandh on January 4 (6 am-6 pm). The Maoist Communist Party Manipur (MCPM), though boycotting the PM’s visit, has not called for strike.