Imphal under curfew for 4th day, protests over migrants continue

  • Sobhapati Samom, Hindustan Times, Imphal
  • Updated: Jul 12, 2015 19:04 IST
People protest against alleged police atrocities in Imphal on Saturday. The city has been under curfew since wednesday when a class 11 student died in clashes between students and the police. (PTI Photo)

Women in mourning attire staged sit-in protests and youth demonstrated on Sunday in curfew-bound Imphal as Manipur's capital bristled with tension on the fourth day of an agitation demanding a permit system to regulate the influx of migrants to the state.

The northeastern state has on the boil since Wednesday when a Class XI student was killed during violent demonstrations demanding implementation of the innerline permit system to monitor entry of "outsiders", a generic term used to describe all migrants including those who enter the country illegally from Bangladesh.

The Ibobi Singh government clamped indefinite curfew in the Greater Imphal area on Wednesday but protesters continued to defy the ban orders to hold demonstrations.

Police said on Sunday that no untoward incident was reported from any part of the city.

On Sunday morning, curfew was relaxed for seven hours to allow people to buy essential commodities. However, heavy presence of security personnel was visible across the capital.

On the concluding day of the assembly session on Friday, Ibobi Singh had assured protesters that the government would invite the joint committee heading the agitation for talks.

Many organisations say that a steady influx of migrants was affecting the social, cultural and political practices of the native people.

The neighbouring states of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland already have the ILP and restricted area permit (RAP) systems for inbound movement by Indian citizens for a limited period with special travel documents.

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