Imphal: People started coming out to block roads at various Imphal areas on Sunday protesting against arrest of five valley people on Saturday evening.
Manipur Police arrested five persons with sophisticated weapons in camouflage uniform. They are being proceeded legally.
In response to this arrest, large number of people came out to protest and tried to storm Porompat Police station demanding release of the arrested persons, on Saturday night.
Joint security forces repelled this attack by firing tear gas. In this, few persons received minor injury including an RAF personnel, Manipur Police Control Room said on Sunday.
“These five arrested persons were produced before Judicial Magistrate and they have been remanded into further police custody,” the police control room said.
“Strict legal action is being taken against these anti-social elements. Manipur Police is determined to carry on such raids and operations and make all out efforts to bring peace and normalcy in the state.”
Manipur Police appeals to the general public to refrain from such protest and co-operate with the law enforcement agencies in bringing peace and normalcy in the state.
During the last 24 hours, the situation in the state was tense but under control with sporadic incidents of congregation of protestors, the police control room said.
Search operations were conducted by security forces in the fringe and vulnerable areas of Imphal West, Imphal East and Bishnupur districts. During a special operation, Manipur Police recovered four arms and 138 hundred thirtyeight ammunitions from Imphal East district.
There have been reports of extortion threats, misuse of police uniform and impersonation by armed miscreants. In view of this, Manipur Police has been making all out efforts to curb the same. The five persons were apprehended in such operations, the police control room said.
Movement of 166 vehicles along NH-2 with essential items have been ensured. Strict security measures are taken up in all vulnerable locations and security convoy is provided in sensitive stretches in order to ensure free and safe movement of the vehicles.
A total of 134 checkpoints were installed in different districts of Manipur, and police detained 1833 persons in connection with violations in different districts of the state.
The police department appeals to general public not to believe in rumours and be aware of false videos. Any circulation of unfounded videos etc may be confirmed from the rumour free number – 9233522822 of Central Control room, it said.
It also appeals to public to return ‘the looted arms, ammunition and explosives’ to the police or nearest security forces immediately.