Manipur violence: Three killed, 14 injured; houses of minister, five MLAs torched

At least three agitators have been killed and 14 others injured in a protest in Manipur over the passing of the inner line permit system (ILPS) bill on the floor of the assembly, on Monday night.

Houses of Manipur minister, 5 MLAs torched

Six houses, those belonging to a minister in the Manipur government and five other MLAs, were set on fire this evening by agitators in Churachandpur district.

The houses belonged to Phungzaphang Tonsimg, Minister-in charge of Family Welfare, and five MLAs, including Manga Vaiphei of Henglep constituency and Vungzagin Valte of Thanlom, a police officer said.

One of the arsonists was hospitalised after sustaining injuries while trying to set fire to a house, the officer added.

Three tribal students’ organisations, which had called a 12-hour bandh on Sunday in the hill districts to protest against the passing of some Bills in the Manipur Assembly, are suspected to be behind the arson.

Three Bills were passed on Monday in the Assembly to protect the indigenous people of Manipur. They are 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.

(With agency inputs)