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Security beefed up in Manipur ahead of R-Day

Police verifying people during a cordon and search operation in Imphal in view of upcoming Republic Day celebration. (NP)
IMPHAL: Security has been beefed up in Manipur, particularly in the twin capital districts and other valley districts ahead of Republic Day celebration.
Besides conducting random frisking and checking operations at all route leading to Imphal city, combing operations to flush out underground elements are been conducted in sensitive areas in the valley areas since the last few days.
As part of its intensified security measures, mopping operations were conducted at various parts of Imphal and its outskirts by police commandos and Assam Rifles on Monday. 
In one such mopping operation conducted by Imphal West police commandos on Monday morning, seven persons including three bailouts underground cadres were picked up, police source said.
They were detained during an operation at Oinam Thingel locality under Sangjamei police station in which 241 persons (157 men and 84 women) were verified.
Among them the three bailouts and 11 tenants were detained. However, of the 11 tenants, seven were released after spot verification. 
The seven persons (three bailouts and four tenants) were detained and handed over Singjamei police station for further verification, the source added. 
Mopping operations were also conducted at Paona and Thangal Bazar in the heart of the city where police commandos verified occupants of seven hotels. However, no arrest was made during the operation. 
Meanwhile, dog squad of Manipur police was formally inaugurated by DGP LM Khaute in the presence of senior officers of state police on Monday.
The Manipur Police Dog Squad was inaugurated at a function in Lamphel. 
At present, the dog squad consists of four Belgian Malinois of which two will be used for detecting explosives and the other two for detecting of illicit drugs and narcotic substances.
Manipur police will now be in a better position to fight drug menace and handle internal security challenges with the induction of the dog squad, said the DGP after the inauguration

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