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NE ready to celebrate R Day

By Correspondent

IMPHAL, Jan 25 � Manipur Government has taken up precautionary measures to thwart any subversive activity in view of the Republic Day celebrations to be held at the well-guarded Kangla Fort here tomorrow.

As part of the R Day programme, a march past will start from 1st Manipur Rifles parade ground and will pass through Kangla Fort, North AOC, Khoyathong and Kangla Moat before converging at the starting point.

Security has been beefed up as major underground groups in the NE region including State�s Coordination Committee (CorCom), Manipur � a committee of major insurgent groups of Manipur, had called 21-hour total shut down beginning from 9 pm of January 25 as part of the boycott of Republic Day celebrations.

Frisking and checking of vehicles and passerbys have been intensified at strategic locations in the State capital. Armed women constables of the Central Reserve Police Force were also deployed around 1st MR parade ground and along the Kangla Moat, etc., to prevent any unwanted incident.

However, despite the security arrangement, a bomb believed to be an improvised explosive device exploded at Nambul river side near Keishamthong Laishom Leirak junction in Imphal around 9.30 am today. But no one was injured in the incident. Around 12 bomb blasts were reported in the State this month, so far.

SHILLONG Correspondent adds:The banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has called a 24-hour bandh ahead of the Republic Day celebrations.

The militant outfit has called the bandh from 6 pm of January 25 to 6 pm of January 26. The HNLC has been boycotting Republic Day celebrations for several years now together with other militant organisations of the North East.

Aizawl: Security has been beefed up and in and around the capital here as Mizoram prepared to celebrate the Republic Day tomorrow, reports PTI.

Bomb disposal squad and special branch personnel checked the Assam Rifles ground here, the venue of the Republic Day celebrations before handing it over to the district police authorities yesterday, Aizawl district SP C Laldina said.

Additional security personnel were deployed in important offices of both the Central and the State Government and vital installations, he said.

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