Violence in Manipur over tribal rights; 6 killed

RSTV Bureau

ManipurSix people were killed and 13 others were injured after violence broke out in Churachandpur district in Manipur on Monday night. The police claims that the situation is under control now after indefinite curfew was imposed in the town.

The violence broke out after three contentious bills were passed in the Assembly. The bills are alleged to be “anti-tribal” and are meant to protect the indigenous people of Manipur.

Widespread arson was witnessed in the district and a mob set the houses of a minister and three legislators on fire. An indefinite curfew has been imposed in the town.

Three bodies were found in Churachandpur, one of them was charred and recovered from under the debris of the residence of Henglep MLA Manga Vaiphei, said the police.

A senior police officer had said the houses of MP of Outer Manipur Lok Sabha seat Thangso Baite, Manipur Minister-in-charge of Family Welfare Phungzaphang Tonsimg, and five MLAs, including Manga Vaiphei of Henglep assembly constituency and Vungzagin Valte of Thanlom were torched.

Churachandpur district hospital authorities said 20 people were admitted of which seven were discharged after first-aid.

The 60-member Assembly passed three Bills to protect the indigenous people of Manipur. They were 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.

Several frontline tribal organisations have also called a 12-hour shutdown today to protest the passage of bills that they say are against the interests of the tribal people.

The police say, three tribal students’ organisations were suspected to be behind the arson.

(With inputs from PTI)