Manipur lawmakers' homes set on fire

Manipur lawmakers' homes set on fire

Angry activists who are againsts the Protection of Manipur People Bill 2015, passed by the Manipur Assembly, on Monday set on fire houses of Manipur lawmakers in Churachandpur town.

According to Manipur Police sources, the houses of Manipur’s Health Minister Phungzathang Tonsing, MP for Outer Manipur constituency Thangso Baite and six other MLAs in the town were gutted.

The violence was still on at the time of filing this report, with the police using batons and teargas to disperse the mob. 

Churachandpur town, 65 km from Imphal, is dominated by the Kuki-Chin-Mizo community who are against the Meitei community’s demand for the IPL. The Meitei community which in Imphal valley had led an agitation for regulating entry of ‘migrants’ and the state government was forced to pass the controversial bill.

In some areas police have resorted to firing and one person was killed, although government sources are yet to confirm. At least seven others are also injured.

Police sources added that groups opposed to the bills  went on a rampage and many shops were burnt down and government, police and private vehicles damaged.

The vehicle of the District Commissioner and Superintendent of Police were also attacked by the mob which did not allow fire engine to dowse the fire, sources added.

The districts administration has imposed indefinite curfew  and paramilitary forces have been alerted.

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