Manipur burns: 3 killed, many injured, curfew imposed

Manipur: Violence erupted in Manipur’s Churachandpur town last evening over three bills passed in the state assembly yesterday. An indefinite curfew has been imposed in the area. Three people died and five others got injured in the violence.

Mob torch houses of lawmakers

The houses of state health minister, Phungzathang Tonsing and five other lawmakers were set on fire during the protests. While two people died in police firing, an associate of a lawmaker whose house was burnt down died in the incident.

Three bodies were found in Churachandpur town and one charred body was recovered from the debris at the residence of MLA Manga Vaiphei of Henglep assembly constituency on Tuesday, a police officer said.

Hours after the bills were passed, widespread arson was witnessed in the state and houses of minister in charge of family welfare Phungzaphang Tonsimg, an MP and five MLAs were set on fire by unidentified people in Churachandpur. According to a senior police officer, the houses of MP from Outer Manipur Lok Sabha seat Thangso Baite, and five MLAs – including Vaiphei and Vungzagin Valte of Thanlom – were torched.

Churachandpur district hospital authorities said 20 people were admitted to the hospital of which seven were discharged after first-aid. A police officer said three tribal students’ organisations, which had called a 12-hour bandh in the hill districts on Monday to protest against the passing of the bills in the 60-member assembly, are suspected to be behind the arson.

Three Bills were passed in the Assembly yesterday 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.

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