Manipur ILP issue : 30 protesters hurt in clash


NEW DELHI : At least 30 persons, including some police officials, were injured on Tuesday in a clash between police and protestors at Manipur Bhawan here.  According to the protesters, they claimed that they were beaten up by policemen as well as Jawans of Manipur Rifles. It is reported that almost 400 members of tribal groups from Manipur who are currently residing in Delhi, have been holding protest outside Manipur house for quite some time now demanding to revoke the three anti-tribal bills passed by the State government in August last year.

Police have detained around 40 people. Police said that they had to resort to lathi-charge after the protesters tried to break police barricades set up around Manipur Bhawan.The police also called for reinforcement, following which personnel from all police stations in Chanakyapuri and nearby sub-divisions in New Delhi district were rushed to the spot.

When they failed to bring the situation under control, water cannons were used to disperse the crowd. Several protesters and police personnel sustained injuries as scuffle broke out between them. According to a source, a police official was also attacked with a sharp-edged object in the melee. A police jeep was also damaged in the violence, following which several protesters were detained. All injured persons were taken to hospital, a police official said.

Earlier in the day, an allparty delegation from Manipur, led by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the issue of three Inner Line Permit (ILP) System-related bills into Acts."It has been 280 days since the passing of the three anti-tribal bills by the Manipur Assembly on 31 August, 2015. The bodies of nine tribal people remain unburied at Churachandpur for 280 days and counting, with no decision being taken on the bills till date by the Central government. The bills have been sent to the President for assent," said a press release of the forum.