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Tension in Moreh town after attack on pro-ILPS rallyists

Chumthang News Service
MOREH: Tension prevailed in Moreh, Manipur’s border town at the Indo-Myanmar border following a clash between pro-ILPS protesters and a group of miscreants.

 At least seven people wounded and some houses and office of the Meitei Council Moreh located in the heart of the border town have been torched. The clash erupted after a rally showing solidarity to the people’s demand for implementation of ILPS or a similar law in the state was disturbed by a group of people who were allegedly against the organisation of the rally.

Reports said that the ILP protestors carried out a mass rally showing solidarity to the ongoing movement for introduction of ILPS in the state to check influx of migrants in the border town. 

The rally organised by the All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) joining hands with some other civil organisations based in the town was carried out amidst the objection from the Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) Moreh and it was flagged off from Kondo Leirembi ground and proceeded toward the town.

The KSO has been strongly objecting a 12-hour total bandh called by AMSU and holding of the mass rally in the town alleging that it would not only disturb the normal life but also affect students in their studies.

When the rally was about to reach the town area after taking the NH-102, a heated exchange of words ensued between the pro-ILPS protestors and KSO volunteers.

While the heated argument was on, a group of people attacked the rallyists with stones near Moreh Gate No 2. They vandalized some selected business establishments near the border gate.

They further torched the office of Meitei Council, Moreh Branch, Hotel De Khunai and two other dwelling houses nearby. The attackers have allegedly snatched away some mobile handsets and computers from a mobile shop before attacking it. 

Despite their best efforts, police in the town were unable to put the situation under control. To assist them police teams from Chandel and Thoubal district headquarters have rushed to the town.

Reports said that indefinite curfew has been clamped in the town following the clash. However, this could not be immediately confirmed from owing to bad communication.
Police Tuesday picked up seven of the 13 persons on indefinite fasting stir including five students from their fasting places even as the remaining six continued the same till today.

The five pro-ILPS students including two girls on fast in front of the Ananda Singh Higher Secondary Academy, Imphal were picked up by the police this forenoon, around 10 am while the two others fasting at Thangmeiband DM College Gate were picked up by a team of police in the wee hour of today.

With their health condition deteriorated, they have been admitted at RIMS hospital where the five pro-ILPS students picked up earlier on Sunday by the police were treating.

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