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Pro-ILPS activists gherao legislators’ residences in Imphal

IMPHAL: Campaign demanding enactment of legislation to protect the indigenous people of the state as well as campaign against government proposed bill to fulfill the former are reinvigorating in Manipur.

Pro-ILPS activists under the banner of the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) were gheraoing private residences of state legislators in Imphal furthering their campaign for early enactment of a constitutional safeguard for protection of indigenous peoples of the state.

While, Joint Action Committee against Anti-Tribal Bills (JACAATB) and Outer Manipur Tribals’ Forum (OMTF) Thursday announced going ahead with its proposed 12-bandh on Friday (October 7) in hill districts of the state.

Pro-ILPS activists started its campaign of gheraoing legislators’ residence from Wednesday and today they stormed the residence of two more legislators in Imphal.

They stormed the residences of Congress MLA RK Imo of Sagolband and BJP MLA Kh Joykishan at Thangmeiband, both in Imphal West today. However, both the MLAs were found out of station.

Talking reporters about the renewed campaign, JCILPS Women Wing convenor Thongam Apabi demanded that all legislators as well as political parties must declare their respective stand on the issue at the earliest.

She blamed the political parties and MLAs for indulging in cheap political gimmicks and mudslinging even as the state has been passing through a crucial phase. The convener further threatened with more intense form of mass agitations. On the other hand, a joint statement of the JACAATB and OMTF today reiterated their stand on going ahead with their proposed 12-hour general strike which would be imposed in all tribal areas of the state from 6 am of October 7. In the statement, the two bodies alleged that the repeated attempts of the state government to pass a fresh bill were deviously similar to the rejected Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015.

The JACAATB and OMTF would not accept any new bill that affects the tribal people and their ancestral territories, it added.

Media houses, medical emergencies, telecom, electricity, airport pick up and drop, weddings, school/college examinations, annual sports and pre-planned conferences/ seminars/programmes would be exempted from the purview of the bandh, the statement added.

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