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Patient dies inside car during ILP protest

Chumthang News Service
IMPHAL: A 75-year-old man who was being rushed to hospital for emergency treatment last night died inside a car at Ghari along the Imphal Airport road in Imphal West.

The incident occurred around 11:30 pm. Reports said a group of ILP supporters obstructed the Maruti car in which the deceased was traveling with his family members. The bandh supporters also damaged the car following a scuffle.

There is no sign of let-up in ILP stir in Manipur with several major roads, including Imphal-Ukhrul road, blocked by protesters on Monday after five student hunger strikers were detained by police.

The five students who were continuing a fast-unto-death agitation in front of Ananda Singh Higher Secondary School in Imphal East were pulled up by police in the wee hours of Sunday. Perturbed, locals who were guarding them clashed with the police. But the police took them away in their vehicles.

A-40-year-old woman was injured in the melee. The students who started their fast on August 14 vowed to go on with the stir until implementation of Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) in Manipur. They are currently undergoing medical treatment at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here.

Now 13 more people, including school students, have joined the hunger strike.

Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) assistant media coordinator Md Kheirunddin Shah yesterday expressed strong displeasure over the Manipur Government’s failure to introduce a new ILPS bill by August 15.

The Manipur Government had cited technical problem as the reason for its inability to meet the deadline given by the Joint Committee.

Meanwhile, traffic movement in Imphal area was seriously disrupted by ILP supporters. Sit-ins were also staged in various parts of Imphal East and Imphal West to demand ILPS and justice in the killing of Sapam Robinhood who was killed by cops during a crackdown against a group of student protesters on July 8 last.

Director of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), L Deben today made a fervent to the public not obstruct movement by doctors, medical and paramedical staff and ambulances during strike.

Doctors, nurses and even ambulances and patients are often detained on roads and sent back by ILP supporters during agitation, he told reporters at his chamber. “This is a matter of serious concern.”

He urged the public to stop such obstructions against individuals who are in medical service.

As part of the intensified ILP movement, many local organizations have banned entry of non-locals into their localities for business activities.

In Ghari area along the Imphal Airport Road, local clubs and meira paibi organizations have ban movement of on non-locals in the area with immediate effect until ILPS is enforced in the state.

In a huge public meeting, Ghari residents also asked all non-local tenants to vacate their rented rooms before August 20, 2015. In Thoubal district’s Yairipok, five local clubs have jointly decided to prevent non-locals from entering their areas, as part of the non-cooperation movement launched by JCILPS.

An indefinite non-cooperation movement against all non-Maipuris is already in force under the banner of JCILPS to put pressure on the Manipur Government to implement ILP or a similar law to safeguard the interests of the indigenous people.

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