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Security firmed up along Manipur highways

In a show of the tough stand taken by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram against the Naga outfits , a large number of security forces have been deployed along the two lifeline highways of the State to prevent the destructive activities of tribal miscreants. Heavily armed personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force and Indian Reserve Battalion are policing the highways.

According to reports, 122 trucks carrying fuel and consumer goods along NH 39 reached Imphal on Wednesday, while most of the 433 Imphal-bound trucks from Jiribam along NH 53 arrived on Tuesday.

The stepped up security came in the backdrop of the refusal by the United Naga Council and the All-Naga Students' Association Manipur) to attend the meeting convened by the Manipur government.

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