A day after the killing of a 21-year-old in poll-related violence at Heirok village in Thoubal district of Manipur, the district magistrate has imposed curfew in the whole area of Heirok village from 5 pm from Thursday until further notification.
It has become expedient to issue prohibitory orders for prevention of breach of peace, disturbances to public tranquillity and danger to human lives and properties and to prevent riot or affray, the order mentioned.
The order issued by the district magistrate mentioned that following the volatile situation in Heirok, there is every likelihood of breach of peace and disturbance of public tranquility at Heirok village area, thereby endangering human lives and properties in Heirok area.
Hence, it has become expedient to issue prohibitory orders for prevention of breach of peace, disturbances to public tranquility and danger to human lives and proporties and to prevent riot or affray, the order mentioned.
The order stated, "There is an emergency and circumstances which do not permit the serving of notice upon the public in due time, and hence, this order is passed ex-parte under Section 144 CrPC of 1973 and is directed to the public in general."
The curfew order shall not apply to government officials or machineries involved in the enforcement of law and order, military, paramilitary, police forces and other genuine urgent related to medical and essential services, it mentioned.
Persons who want to take out procession for marriage, funeral and religious purposes and others within the scheduled areas may apply to the DC or SP of Thoubal for permission and they are not to take out procession until the permission is obtained, the order added.
Meanwhile, the Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) on Thursday took up suo motu case in connection with Heirok violence and has directed the chief secretary, DGP, District Magistrate, SP Thoubal to submit their action taken report by December 30.
MHRC stated that the news related to December 21 Heirok incident wherein a son was shot dead while his father was injured has been published in many local newspapers. The news report also contained allegations and counter allegations against the workers of MLA Th Radheshyam and ex MLA Moirangthem Okendro, the MHRC said.
Therefore, the suo motu case has been taken up under section 12 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 to ensure the rights to life and personal liberty of the citizens of the state particularly the village of Heirok.
MHRC will visit the incident spot on December 26 in order to get first-hand information about the incident, so the registry is directed to inform the DGP, DM Thoubal, and SP Thoubal, the Commission said.