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India - Manipur - Imphal - Dry fish illegal sellers sitting on the street right outside the Ima Market. Most of the youngest sellers belong to the thousands of informal, seasonal vendors squatting on the surrounding streets. They come from the hills around Imphal as early as 3am, with a few home-grown vegetables, and return home as soon as they sell them. They constitute the vast majority of the vendors, yet their presence is a constant source of tension with the Imas, who contrary to them pay taxes and complain of unfair competition.