The city has been spruced up in preparation for the maiden visit of President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday. Security measures have also been beefed up at an unprecedented scale. CorCom, the apex body of six outlawed underground organisations, has imposed a general strike, while some others have imposed a public curfew.
Soon after landing at the Tulihal airport at 4.30 p.m., the President and his entourage shall leave by road for Chingmeirong to participate in the diamond jubilee of Adimjati Shiksha Ashram, a school for tribal people inaugurated by the first President, Rajendra Prasad. Later, he will also lay down the foundation stone of the tribal women’s working hostel at Chingmeirong. He will halt the night at Raj Bhavan and leave for Bangkok at 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday. The Manipur government has prepared a slew of programmes in which the President will be the chief guest.
Meanwhile, police are launching mobile combing operations near Raj Bhavan. Certain areas in the city have been cordoned off and thousands of persons frisked and their identity established. The bailed-out insurgents and those who are without identity papers have been bundled off to the police stations for further verifications