8 die, homes of Minister, MLAs targeted in Manipur protests

Three persons were killed today when police opened fire on protesters in Manipur's Churachandpur district taking the overnight toll to eight as fresh violence erupted there, forcing the authorities to continue the indefinite curfew imposed last night.

By: Express News Service | Imphal | Updated: September 2, 2015 3:29 am
manipur, manipur violence, violence in manipur, imphal, manipur protests, People gather near a damaged vehicle after it was set on fire during a protest in Manipur. (PTI Photo)

Eight people were killed and 27 injured as protests spilled over to a second day in Manipur’s tribal hill district of Churachandpur after the State Assembly passed three bills, including clauses that relate to purchase of land by non-Manipuris and fixing 1951 as the base year to identify non-indigenous people.

The houses of Health Minister Phungzathang Tonsing and five other MLAs, as well as the vehicle of the deputy commissioner of Churachandpur, were set on fire by the protesters.

While the minister, the MLAs and their families were unhurt, an indefinite curfew has been imposed in the area. Sources said the Minister and the MLAs were targeted because they failed to prevent the bills from being passed.

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While three bodies were found in Churachandpur town on Monday evening, one more was recovered on Tuesday morning. Two others were killed in police firing as a mob attacked the local police station on Tuesday.

On Monday, the Assembly unanimously the Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015; Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (7th Amendment) Bill, 2015; and Manipur Shops and Establishments (2nd Amendment) Bill, 2015. Of these, the Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015, is a prototype of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system.

The protesting tribal student organisations have claimed that the three bills overlap Article 371 C of the Constitution and Manipur Hill People Administration Regulation Act, 1947. Their primary objection is to the Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reform Act (7th Amendment) Bill 2015.

“We feel that by introducing the land Bill the Manipur government and the Meiteis will try and grab our land. The land in tribal hill areas is governed by customary laws and held by the chieftans on behalf of villagers. With this Bill, the land will fall under the control of the deputy commissioners and the Manipur government,’’ said a member of the protesting Kuki Students Organisation (KSO).

For the first time in years, traditional rivals Nagas and Kukis have come together to agitate against the Bill in the face of “a common enemy’’. “The battlelines have been drawn,’’ said the KSO member.

One of the clauses in the Bills passed is to set 1951 as the base year to identify non-indigenous people, who are regarded as outsiders.

“But tribal society has not kept records of settlers. Besides, the first elections were held in 1971. How are we to establish who is a late settler and who is not? This is just a ploy to get rid of us and reduce our numbers,’’ said the KSO member.

The state government has, meanwhile, declared that the Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reform Act (7th Amendment) Bill 2015 will not harm the interests of those residing in the hills.

State Education Minister M Okendro said that the amendment was aimed at lengthening the process for purchase of land by non-Manipuri people or non-permanent residents. He further said that the law will extend only to the four valley districts and not the tribal hill districts.

 

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    L bhadrapati Devi
    Jun 9, 2016 at 7:10 am
    Chin nationals are involved in stage managed protest drama to the extent of expending 8 people. They are so clever as professional criminal that 5 arsonists were killed and three burnt alive to get big number of casualty. Even a person on road accident was put to temper number of death.
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      L bhadrapati Devi
      Jun 9, 2016 at 7:14 am
      Judicial inquiry insuted by government was prevented by Chin national JAC not to disclose any unfair practice of playing politic on death bodies. They are harden to such environment learnt from Myanmar.
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        khan
        Sep 1, 2015 at 8:01 pm
        Yesterday was Gujarat today is Manipur tomorrow will be.....
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          Hindu
          Sep 1, 2015 at 9:44 pm
          These things will happen so long as India does not become a HOMOGENOUS Hindu country.
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            Hindu
            Sep 1, 2015 at 9:44 pm
            These things will happen so long as India does not become a HOMOGENOUS Hindu country.
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              BharatK
              Sep 2, 2015 at 1:54 am
              These days it has become a fashion to come out for demonstrations even for a small reason. And most time they resort to violence and destruction. Democracy has given opportunity to practice freedom with responsibility. But people started taking laws at their hands and creating anarchy, even at the heart of the nation Delhi. These anarchists have little value of life, they want to detablise the set-up and the nation. We must not allow that to happen. Gujarat Police did a good job to crush the violent movement by few Patel anarchists. Same must be applied elsewhere, whoever resort to violence and destruction of national properties.
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                L bhadrapati Devi
                Sep 3, 2015 at 7:56 am
                Protest with violent activities in Churachandpur is so cruel that a person in the MLA house was burnt alive. So, total death of arsonist is 7 and one is killed by rioters/arsonists. Is it democratic norm of protest by killing people in cruel manner?
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                  L bhadrapati Devi
                  Sep 4, 2015 at 5:29 pm
                  Protest at Imphal is democratic way not to destroy property of any individuals like burning of house. Such long 58 days seize at Imphal has inflicted more than 500 people in police brutality. To be a sensible protest for the larger cause of states not at a narrow communalism.
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