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Insurgent groups call 17-hour shutdown

 IMPHAL, March 13 - The Coordinating Committee (Corcom) formed by six proscribed organisations in Manipur today called a 17-hour shutdown in Manipur to coincide with the state visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The Corcom said the shutdown will come into effect from 1 am on March 16. It appealed to the people not to participate in official functions and said examinations and other essential services will be exempt from the proposed shutdown.

On the other hand, the Joint Action Committee protesting against the “forcible” inauguration of Mapithel dam has called a 48-hour general strike in Manipur, which will end on March 16 midnight.

The Prime Minister is also slated to address a public event at Luwangshangpham ground in Heingang constituency of Chief Minister N Biren Singh on March 16. The Chief Minister, who also holds the Home portfolio, has ordered the state and central forces to beef up security in and around Imphal. – IANS

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