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IMPHAL, Sep. 21, 2023 (TBINN)

Reports from Manipur today, tell violence has spiked once again in parts of Manipur Valley, including state capital Imphal, as protesters clashed with police in multiple areas.

Reportedly, batons and tear gas shells were used and many people were injured.

The situation has been escalating since the arrest of five men, who were caught in the uniform of security forces and carrying sophisticated arms on September 16, 2023.

This led to wide-spread protests and demonstrations in the valley areas of Manipur. Demanding the unconditional release of the detained men, a 48-hour lockdown was enforced in Imphal from Tuesday by the locals.

Today afternoon, women demonstrators marched to police stations across five valley districts areas, demanding the unconditional release of the detainees. If not, they demanded that they also be arrested.

At several places, angry protestors confronted the police and other security agencies. Police finally used batons and tear gas to disperse the crowds. Many are reported to be injured in the incident. There were clashes between the mob and police outside Sinjamei Police Station, where the police used tear gas shells. Three people are injured and admitted in hospital.

Considering, the developing volatile situation, state administration has revoked curfew relaxation orders and re-imposed prohibitory orders banning large gatherings.

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