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R Day peaceful in Manipur

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  28 Jan 2016 12:00 AM GMT

IMPHAL, Jan 26: The 67th Republic Day was celebrated in all nine districts of Manipur on Tuesday without any major untoward incident despite calls for boycott and general strike.

The call for boycott and dawn-to-dusk shutdown was given by the banned underground militant organisation United ga Council, among others.

Several hundred trucks, buses and other vehicles were stranded along the tiol highways in the wake of the shutdown call.

There were some incidents on Monday night of burning down of the decorative gates erected by government departments for the Republic Day celebrations in Tamenglong district.

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh was the chief guest at the main function held at Kangla, where over 100 contingents and tableaux participated in the parade and display.

On the occasion, the chief minister sought public cooperation to ensure the overall development of the state.

There were state and central forces, school and college students, cultural and sports contingents and tableaux highlighting the achievements of the government departments.

All shops and commercial establishments remained shut, as a result of the shutdown call by extremists.

Police had beefed up security measures throughout the state.

The chief minister decorated six police personnel with medals for meritorious service. One Fire Service Medal was also given.

Despite the call for a boycott and general strike by some tribal organisations, a function was held in the district headquarters of Churachandpur. (IANS)

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