NEW DELHI: More than 19 people, including the SHO of Barakhamba police station, were injured on Tuesday after a group of protesters clashed with the police outside Manipur Bhavan in SP Marg on Tuesday evening.
The agitators were protesting against the Inner Line Permit (ILP) System-related bills that had been passed in Manipur.
The police said three vehicles, including PCR vans, were also damaged during the clash.
According to the police, the protesters broke barricades set up around Manipur Bhawan in Sardar Patel Marg and tried to enter the premises of the building. As the clash aggravated, the police resorted to lathi charge to disperse the crowd. One police officer is said to have sustained a stab wound during the lathi charge.
“We had to call for backup from adjoining police stations and sub-divisions after the protesters grew in number and refused to disperse,” a senior police officer said.
Water cannons were also used to control the crowd, he added.
The injured people, including police personnel, were rushed to a nearby hospital later. Police said that they had detained several protesters and were in the process of filing an FIR under sections of rioting.
Earlier in the day, an all-party delegation from Manipur, led by chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, met Union home minister Rajnath Singh and apprised him about the need for presidential assent to convert three ILP System-related bills into Acts.
The delegation told the home minister that it was absolutely necessary to get Presidential assent for the three bills, which had been opposed by tribal groups of the state.
The three bills were passed last year in August after months of mass movement to protect the indigenous population from the illegal immigrants in the state, including those from neighbouring Myanmar.