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Manipur Timeline - Year 2017

January 1

In two separate incidents, two hand grenades were recovered at Uripok in Imphal West District and Phaknung in Imphal East District. In the first incident, one hand grenade was recovered at the residential gate of Yengkhom Janaki (81) at Uripok Achom Leikai at around 7.30 am. A note beside the grenade said that Red Army of KCP would attack Yengkhom Janaki and his son-in-law for paying no heed to the outfit's repeated warning over alleged misappropriation of rice sanctioned under 'Mid Day Meal' scheme. The grenade was set off safely at a garbage dumping site of Lamphelpat by a bomb disposal squad of Manipur Police. In the second incident, another hand grenade was found at a paddy field of Phaknung Makha Leikai in Imphal East District. The grenade was defused there by a bomb disposal squad.

The deadlock of Manipur continues as the economic blockade imposed on NHs 2 and 37 by the UNC had entered its third month. The report said that the situation had remained unchanged as Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh and the UNC were not budging from their respective stands over the issues of creating new Districts. On the contrary, Ibobi Singh said that first the UNC should call off the blockade and give an assurance that it would not be repeated only after that talk would be possible and Gaidon Kamei and Stephen Lamkang, two UNC leaders, might be released. The Manipur Government also rejected the UNC's demand of conducting the talk by going the Government officials in the District headquarters of Senapati District. Earlier, Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, said that the Manipur Government was not serious about ending the blockade. However CM Ibobi Singh denied it saying that there was no question of playing politics since it is a question of starving the people of the State.





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