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Security has been tightened for Narendra Modi’s public rally in Manipur today

Security has been tightened for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public rally in Imphal today ahead of the Manipur Assembly election after bombs were recovered on Friday from Imphal West district, where he is supposed to speak.
Polling in Manipur will be held in two phases — on March 4 and 8.
A Chinese-made hand grenade was found near the gate of BJP candidate Soibam Subhachandra’s residence at Ningombam Leikai, 9 km away from the Achouba ground, while another bomb was found in front of another BJP worker O Sunil’s residence in Thoubal district, 40 km away from the rally venue.
Manipur police have started round-the-clock search operations and intensified frisking all over the state to prevent any untoward incidents after a hand grenade and a bomb were recovered on Friday from Imphal West district, where the rally is supposed to take place. A team of Manipur Police officials, led by additional SP S Ibomcha Singh, conducted search operations at Langjing Achouba ground, which is the venue.
This recovery comes even as Coordinating Committee (Corcom), a top body of six insurgent groups in Manipur, has called for a complete bandh in the state on Saturday to protest against Modi’s visit, saying it was aimed at “hoodwinking the people of Manipur”.
A statement issued by Corcom said, “Essential services like medical, media, water supply, electricity and fire services will be outside the purview of the shutdown.”
The venue of the rally was shifted from Kangla Fort to Langjing Achouba after Irom Sharmila’s People Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) raised objection, saying that the fort was a sacred place for the people of the state.
Corcom has called for a curfew from 6 in the morning, to remain in effect until PM Modi finishes his speech and leaves the Manipuri capital.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will definitely say something which is very important for the state of Manipur,” Ram Madhav said. The false claims made by the Manipur Chief Minister O. Ibobi about BJP and the fear and suspicion among the Manipuri populace about the framework agreement signed between the NSCN-IM and Govt of India, will all be resolved when the prime minister speaks on Saturday, Madhav asserted.
Meanwhile, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav and Assam Finance Minister Hemanta Biswas have already reached Imphal for the rally. The duo, along with Manipur BJP chief Ksh. Bhabananda, inspected the venue of Modi’s rally.
Meanwhile, the Centre will deploy an additional 30 companies of Central paramilitary forces in Manipur for the smooth conduct of the state assembly election.
According to Manipur Chief Secretary O Nabakishore, a total of 280 companies of Central paramilitary forces will be deployed for election duty in the state, which has experienced more than a three-month-long economic blockade imposed by the United Naga Council along the highways of the landlocked state.
Nabakishore said the “state is ready for elections.”

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