Manipur has been witnessing violent reactions after the state assembly passed three bills to protect the interest of the indigenous people.
Houses of Minister, MLAs torched
Seven houses, those belonging to a minister in the Manipur government, one MP, and five other MLAs, were set on fire on Monday evening by agitators in Churachandpur district following which an indefinite curfew was imposed in the district headquarters.
A senior police officer said that agitators torched the houses of the MP of Outer Manipur Lok Sabha seat, Thangso Baite, the state’s minister-in-charge for Family Welfare, Phungzaphang Tonsimg, and five MLAs, including Manga Vaiphei of Henglep Assembly constituency and Vungzagin Valte of Thanlom.
It was yet to be ascertained as to which were the three other legislators whose houses were burnt.
Three tribal students’ organisations, which had called a 12-hour bandh in the hill districts to protest against the passing of some Bills in the Manipur Assembly, are suspected to be behind the arson, the officer said.
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)