Security tightened in Manipur in view of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s visit

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Imphal. Security has been tightened in Manipur’s Jiribam district ahead of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s proposed visit on Monday and photography using drones has been banned, officials said. A notification issued by the Jiribam District Magistrate on Sunday said that aerial photography or videography using drones, balloons or any other means has been strictly prohibited as a step towards enhancing security measures.

The notification emphasised that violation of this order will attract legal action under Section 223 of the Indian Justice Code and other relevant provisions of the law. In preparation for Gandhi’s one-day visit to the violence-hit state, a team of Congress state unit leaders, including working president Victor Keishing and All India Congress Committee (AICC) Manipur in-charge Girish Choudankar, inspected the relief camps where Gandhi is likely to visit.

Manipur Congress president Casham Meghchandra and other party officials have already left Imphal for Jiribam district to welcome their leader. Earlier in the day, Manipur Congress leaders discussed the visit of Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Rahul Gandhi to the state. Gandhi will visit Manipur on Monday and interact with violence-affected people in Jiribam, Churachandpur and Imphal. He will spend the whole day with the people of the state.

A Congress leader told PTI Bhasha, “Gandhi has decided to visit Manipur, where peace is needed… We are grateful that he decided to visit the state after being elected Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha.” The state Congress president said Gandhi will fly from Delhi to Silchar and from there go to Jiribam district where the recent incident of violence took place on June 6.
Meghchandra said, “Gandhi will visit some relief camps in the district. After this he will return to Silchar airport and from there fly to Imphal.”

He said, “After reaching Imphal, he will go to Churachandpur district where he will interact with the people living in relief camps.” From Churachandpur, Gandhi will go to Moirang in Bishnupur district by road and visit some relief camps. After this, he will return to Imphal where he plans to meet Governor Anusuiya Uikey. Meghchandra said, “After this he will leave the state.”

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