Manipur Violence: Houses of minister, MP, 5 MLAs torched; indefinite curfew imposed

Altogether seven houses were torched in the incidents that took place hours after the Assembly passed three bills to protect the indigenous people of Manipur.

By: PTI | Imphal | Updated: September 1, 2015 10:35 am
Manipur violence, manipur houses, manipur mla houses, houses torched manipur, manipur minister, manipur news, imphal news, india news Altogether seven houses were torched in the incidents that took place hours after the Assembly passed three bills to protect the indigenous people of Manipur. (Source: ANI)

Widespread arson was witnessed in Manipur last night with houses of a state minister, an MP and five MLAs being set on fire by unidentified people in Churachandpur district apparently over passage of some bills in the Assembly, prompting imposition of curfew in the town.

Altogether seven houses were torched in the incidents that took place hours after the Assembly passed three bills to protect the indigenous people of Manipur.

The bills are The Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015, The Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh amendment) Bill, 2015, and The Manipur Shops and Establishments (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015.

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A police officer said the houses of the MP of Outer Manipur Thangso Baite, the state’s minister-in-charge for Family Welfare Phungzaphang Tonsimg and five MLAs, including Manga Vaiphei of Henglep Assembly constituency and Vungzagin Valte of Thanlom, were torched.

In view of the situation, the administration imposed indefinite curfew in Churachandpur town, the officer said.

One of the arsonists was hospitalised after sustaining serious injuries while trying to set fire to a house, the officer added.

Three tribal students’ organisations, which had called a 12-hour bandh yesterday in the hill districts to protest against the passing of some Bills in the Manipur Assembly, are suspected to be behind the arson, the officer said.

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    C Jambiakmuan
    Sep 1, 2015 at 11:12 am
    Violence erupt as bill p which remove the law that bars majority meitei community from owning tribal land
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      Emergent
      Sep 1, 2015 at 9:58 am
      What are details of these bills? What is the background these arsonists? Just reporting incidents is not good journalism. Please give more details
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        Jamai Raja
        Sep 1, 2015 at 10:15 am
        The houses of the tribal lawmakers are burnt by the tribals for not protesting against one particular Bill. Two of the Bills restrict entry of 'outsiders' into Manipur. But one Bill allows the non-tribals of the state to purchase and settle in the tribal areas. The Bills basically aim to protect the interest of CM Ibobi's community, the dominant group in the state, at the expense of the tribals.
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          na nelsan
          Sep 1, 2015 at 10:20 am
          who is the so called indegenous people here? if tribal forest/hills dwellers are not indegenous who else is the indegenous peoples? the peoples who govern the tribals cannot be called indegenous in the TRIBAL LAND.
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