Insurgents ask people to boycott PM’s rally in Imphal on Feb 25

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modiSubversive groups have called for a closure on February 25 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigns in Manipur for the upcoming assembly elections.

Elections for the 60-seat assembly in the state will be held in two phases on March 4 and 8.

Coordinating Committee (Corcom) comprising six insurgent groups said the shutdown would start at 6 am on February 25 and would continue till Modi leaves Imphal.

Security has been tightened in view of the PM’s visit to the state and also to maintain peace in the state.

Levelling serious charges against the Centre, including driving a wedge between the communities who have lived in peace and harmony for generations, together, the Corcom advised the public not to go out after curfew. However, media and essential services were exempt.

The insurgent groups have always boycotted such visits. Stray violent incidents take place in the state to drive home the message that insurgents’ boycott call shouldn’t be taken lightly. So there was always a thin attendance at such functions as people usually stayed indoors during “curfews”, said sources.

The ruling Congress party has demanded that during his visit, Modi should clearly spell out the framework pact details that New Delhi had signed with Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) in 2015. Students and women activists echoed similar sentiments.

On February 24, the police recovered a hand grenade and a bomb at the venue of the Modi rally in Imphal West district.