Imphal | A protest demanding protection of indigenous people and check of influx of immigrants is turning violent day by day with curfew being imposed for the third day today.
Violating curfew, protestors came out and burnt tyres of vehicles and put up blockades to stop movement of vehicles and people. Clash between police and protestors continued in the state in which so far 50 people, including five policeman, were injured.
On Tuesday, a 16-year-old S Robinhood was killed in the clash. About 10 protestors and six leaders of Joint Committee of Inner Line Permit (JCILPS ) have been arrested by police. Manipur looked like a war zone with police resorting to firing whenever they see few people.
Lots of live bullets were used by police resulting in bullets falling on rooftops and piercing through houses. Normal life has been completely disrupted and conducting operations at hospitals have been cancelled.
Emergency services have also been affected as ambulances were not able to traverse the roads full of burnt tyres, wooden planks and nails.
Inspite of heavy firing by police protestors continued to come out shouting slogans demanding implementation of Inner Line permit and passing of bill to check immigrants.
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) constituted for probing the killing of Robinhood has refused to claim the body and stated that it will only be taken after the government passes a Bill.
It announced that the stir will be intensified from today and will be a mass movement now. It said indigenous populace of Manipur will be outnumbered by immigrants like it happened in Tripura.
Massive influx from Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh and steady flow of migration from other parts of the country have changed the demography in the state.
One-third of the population belongs to majority Meitei community settled in the valley districts, another one-third of the populace is formed by tribals residing in the five hill districts constituting 90 per cent of the land and the rest of the population are from other parts of the country, including immigrants.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi has informed that the Manipur Regulation of Visitors, Tenants & Migrant Workers Bill 2015 (MRVT & MW Bill 2015) has been reserved for the President’s consideration. He announced that the government is prepared to present another Bill.
The Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights condemned the unfortunate incident of firing by Manipur Police which led to the demise of Robinhood, resident of Keisamthong Thangjam Leirak, a student of Ananda Singh Higher Secondary School, Imphal.
The police firing leading to death and injury of students is a clear cut case of violation of Child Rights, especially their Right to Life and dignified survival, as guaranteed by the Constitution of India and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child,” the Commission said.
Kangjam Maharabi, member, MCPCR said the Commission in an emergency meeting held at its official premises, also resolved to take up a suo moto cognisance on the unfortunate incident and has written to the state Director General of Police and Government of Manipur to furnish details of the incident including the particulars of the personnel involved in the firing.
The Commission also sought details of any action taken, including filing of criminal cases against those police personnel involved in the firing.
The MCPCR has also informed the National Commission on the Protection of Child Rights on the firing incident for initiating necessary action.