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Police foils pro-ILPS students bid to storm Assembly

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IMPHAL: Police Wednesday foiled a bid to storm Manipur Assembly complex by a group of student activists of Joint Action Committee on Inner Line Permit (JCILPS).

The student activists who carried out a rally protesting non-introduction of the proposed bill to protect the indigenous people of the state on the streets in Imphal attempted to storm the Assembly complex this afternoon.After a brief struggle police dispersed the students before reaching the Assembly complex in Imphal’s Chingmeirong. 

The students were protesting against the non-introduction of the proposed bill to protect the indigenous people of the state by the state government during the last monsoon session, adjourned sine die on September 5 last.

The students who rose up under the banner of the Student Wing of the JCILPS demanded continuation of the session to table and pass the proposed bill.Ibobi government had planned to table a fresh bill to protect the indigenous people of the state after the President of India withheld earlier bill, The Protection of Manipur People Bill-2015 in the last monsoon session of the state Assembly held on September 2 and 5.

However, it was dropped citing that government needed more time to consider the suggestions and comments coming up from various circle for incorporating in the bill.Following the government decision, JCILPS has been threatening the government for an intensified agitation and even attempted to storm the Assembly complex while the session was in progress on September 5 defying curfew imposed in the surrounding of the Assembly complex.

Meanwhile, Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) today warned the state government to call the Assembly session once again at the earliest for tabling and passing of the proposed bill.

Addressing a news conference at its office here, JCILPS convener in-charge BK Moirangcha said that the apex body was ready to launch intensified forms of agitation if government fails to call the Assembly session again to pass the proposed bill. It may be recalled that on the last day of the two days sitting of the monsoon session of the state Assembly, chief minister has sought the cooperation from all sections of people in government effort to a bill acceptable by all.

He said “Government is committed in tabling and passing the bill in the assembly once the draft bill is ready without any opposition from any quarters.”

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