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Manipur govt steps up crackdown on protestors
G Vinayak in Imphal | August 18, 2004 19:02 IST
The Manipur government has stepped up its crackdown on the leaders of Apunba Lup, the apex body of 32 organisations leading the month-long agitation in the state, arresting 17 of them after raiding different localities in greater Imphal area on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the deadlock between the government and the family members of Pebam Chittaranjan about taking his body to Bishenpur continues.
If the family does not take possession of the body, currently lying in the morgue at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, the government is likely to cremate the body on Wednesday night after the night curfew begins at 7 pm.
Meanwhile, clashes between protestors and security forces continued throughout the day in different parts of Imphal.
In another development, the five Assam Rifles personnel, summoned by the C Upendra Judicial Commission inquiring into the killing of Th. Manorama, failed to appear before the commission for a third time.
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