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Northeast India city under curfew after violent demos

Authorities in northeast India have slapped a curfew curfew [O.Fr.,=cover fire], originally a signal, such as the ringing of a bell, to damp the fire, extinguish all lights in the dwelling, and retire for the night. The custom originated as a precaution against fires and was common throughout Europe in the Middle Ages.  on the capital of restive Manipur state after violent protests over the killing of a former insurgent INSURGENT. One who is concerned in an insurrection. He differs from a rebel in this, that rebel is always understood in a bad sense, or one who unjustly opposes the constituted authorities; insurgent may be one who justly opposes the tyranny of constituted authorities. , police said Wednesday.

Police also warned rioters in the popular tourist city of Imphal they will be shot on sight.

At least 40 people were hurt in clashes Monday and Tuesday between police and protesters armed with catapults and sticks, a police spokesman said.

The protests erupted after Indian news magazine Tehelka published photographs it claimed showed police commandos pulling a former rebel into an Imphal pharmacy pharmacy, art of compounding and dispensing drugs and medication. The term is also applied to an establishment used for such purposes. Until modern times medication was prepared and dispensed by the physician himself. In the 18th cent.  on July 23 and later dragging out his body.

"This is a clear case of a murder in cold blood by police and chief minister Ibobi Singh must accept moral responsibility and resign," state opposition leader Radhabinod Koijam told reporters.

Police say the former rebel, Chungkam Sanjit, was killed in a gun battle with troopers Troopers in the United States civilian police forces usually refer to members of state highway patrols, state patrols, or state police agenciess. .

On the day Sanjit died, the bullet-riddled body of a pregnant woman was also found in Imphal, prompting calls by activists for a judicial probe into her death.

Police say the woman was killed in the crossfire A multi-GPU interface from ATI for connecting two ATI display adapters together for faster graphics rendering on one monitor. CrossFire machines require PCI Express slots, a CrossFire-enabled motherboard and, depending on which models are used, either a pair of ATI Radeon adapters or one  when Sanjit fired at commandos.

The authorities imposed the curfew late Tuesday after police failed to quell quell ¬†
tr.v. quelled, quell·ing, quells
1. To put down forcibly; suppress: Police quelled the riot.

 the protests, the police spokesman said.

Manipur Chief Minister Singh in a bid to calm the protests announced the suspension from service of six police officers in connection with Sanjit's death and agreed to a judicial probe into what happened to the woman.

Imphal and Shillong, in nearby Meghalaya state, are the two most popular destinations for tourists visiting India's seven northeastern states, also called the "Seven Sisters."

But the region has a troubled history of insurgencies dating back to India's independence from British rule in 1947.
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Date:Aug 5, 2009
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