Imphal: A day after tension prevailed in Manipur’s Senapati following clashes between Assam Rifles personnel and the locals at Mayangkhang area after a ‘Major’-rank leader of the NSCN-IM was arrested on Friday afternoon, normalcy returned to the hill district.
This was after the arrested rebel was released by the chief judicial magistrate (CJM) of Senapati district on Saturday, said sources.
The protests were led by All Naga Students Association Manipur (ANSAM), which also supported the ‘lightning strike’ by the Senapati District Students’ Association.
On Friday, local residents went on a rampage and damaged a vehicle belonging to the Assam Rifles at Mayangkhang. As the situation turned violent, the security personnel fled from the spot abandoning their vehicle.
Locals allegedly came out on the streets and burnt tyres at different parts of Senapati town. This forced business establishments to shut down their shutters. Vehicular movement also got restricted along the town, as per sources.
According to sources, Friday’s incident could have been a fallout of the incident that took place a day before. On Thursday, an Assam Rifles ‘Captain’ was allegedly ‘captured’ and his weapon ‘seized’ by Government of People’s Republic of Nagalim (GPRN)’s ‘Naga Army’ following a clash at Tahamzam, the headquarters of Senapati district, in Manipur.
However, following the intervention of some of the local residents, both the Captain and his weapon were reportedly released later in the day on Friday.