A 16-year-old student was killed in police action on protesters at a march in Manipur to press for legislation against the influx of migrants on Wednesday.
Sapam Robinhood, a Class XI student, succumbed to his injuries at a private hospital in Imphal and at least 20 others, including girls, were injured during similar protests in the state capital.
The protesters sought implementation of the Inner Line Permit System in the state along the lines of similar mechanisms in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram which allow inward travel by an Indian citizen into a restricted area for a limited period. Similar demands have also been made by some organisations in Meghalaya.
The administration imposed indefinite curfew in the greater Imphal area on Wednesday to avoid any untoward incident.
As news of the death spread, various students organisations tried to march towards the state assembly complex in Chingmeirong but were intercepted by police.
The assembly is in session and the organisations said a bill to implement the mechanism should be passed with suitable provisions.
The state has witnessed a series of public agitations in the past few days under the aegis of the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System for the implementation of the system to regulate the influx of outsiders and internal migrants whose demographic influence, the committee says, is threatening the socio-economic, cultural and political practices of the native population.