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before was once again clamped and has continued unabated in the bazar area now for nearly a week. The agitation against 'foreign nationals' has become more intense, and the incidents of violence more numerous. The army has been once again called out, an ordinance providing for preventive detention has been promulgated and the whole Imphal bazar area has been cordoned off, out of bounds to the civilians. As hundreds of non-Manipuri residents are leaving Imphal and other towns in the valleys towards Nagaland, Jiribam and the Burma border by any available means of transport, the Manipur chief minister has called upon the other states in the region to ensure the protection of Manipuri residents there against reprisals. The deployment of the army and other paramilitary forces, flag marches and general curfew have however not led to any abatement of incidents, in the latest of which on the night of April 29-30 homesteads of Nepali settlers were burnt resulting in about 2,500 of them being rendered homeless. Altogether, about 10,000 non- Manipuris are taking refuse in Khwai Bazar near Imphal, according to latest reports.

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