People all over Imphal came out in massive protest actions, condemning the brutal state terror, following revelations about the fake encounter killing by the Manipur Police Commandos (MPC) in Imphal on July 23.
Hundreds of people came out on to the streets on August 2, raising slogans against the government and the security forces and demanding a judicial probe into the incident. They held placards in their hands, condemning the state terror. Effigies of the Chief Minister and the Director General of Police were burnt. Protestors demanded strict action against the police commandos involved.
The Apunba Lup, a confederation of nearly 30 mass organizations, called for a 48 hour state wide bandh, on August 3 and 4, demanding resignation of the Chief Minister and exemplary punishment for the guilty police commandos.
Markets and other business remained closed and the inter-State as well as inter-district transport services were suspended, in response to the 48 hour bandh call.
Women protestors, locally known as Meira Paibis, staged torch light rallies at several places in Imphal on the night of August 5 and fought pitched battles with the security forces. They burnt effigies of the Chief Minister. Curfew was imposed in Imphal city from August 4, but the protests continued in spite of the curfew.
Opposition political parties submitted a joint memorandum to the Governor demanding dismissal of the state government. The United Committee of Manipur (UCM) submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister and Manipur Governor demanding the removal of the Chief Minster, Ibobi Singh.