Protesters burn houses of 4 local MLAs in Churachandpur
Imphal | August 31
Manipur Assembly today passed three Bills aimed at regulating unchecked influx of non-locals into the state and to safeguard the indigenous people.
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 were passed on the last day of the emergency assembly session.
Under the Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015, all non-locals are required to register themselves at registration centres, under the Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh Amendment) Bill, 2015, selling of land to others in the valley areas by owners must obtain prior consent of the Deputy Commissioner concerned and it is mandatory for all shops owners to register their employees under the Manipur Shops and Establishments (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015.
Chief Minister Okram Ibobi moved the Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015 in the House, the Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh Amendment) Bill, 2015 by Revenue Minister Th Debendra Singh and the Manipur Shops and Establishments (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015 by Minister Labour and Employment, I Hemochandra Singh.
The three Bills were introduced on the first day of the emergency sitting of the state assembly on August 28.
The state assembly introduced and passed the three Bills after nearly two months of intense public agitation launched under the banner of Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) demanding enforcement of Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) or a similar legislation to protect the indigenous people.
The House also adopted a key resolution to safeguard the territorial boundary of Manipur after the members led by Okram Ibobi Singh had a detailed discussion on the Naga Peace Accord signed between the Government of India and NSCN (IM) on August 3 last.
Ibobi told the House his Government welcomes the peace accord which meant to bring about peace in the region, but the agreement will not be allowed to impinge upon the territorial integrity and administration of the state of Manipur.
The House demanded the Centre must be transparent on the Naga peace process. The consent of the concerned states must be taken first by the Government of India before formation of new states or making any changes in the geographical boundaries thereof by making amendments of the Article 3 of the Constitution.
Meanwhile, reports said that not long after the passage of the three Bills in the assembly, bandh supporters in Churachandpur district torched the houses of four local MLAs, including that of Health Minister Phungzathang Tonsing of Churachandpur constituency and MLA Vungzagin Valte of Thanlon constituency. The reports also said strike supporters burned a vehicle belonging to the district Deputy
Life in Manipur’s hill districts was affected by the 12-hour total bandh call given by various tribal student bodies to protest the three Bills passed by the state assembly.
The strike imposed by Kuki Students’ Organization (GHQ), All Naga Students Association, Manipur (ANSAM) and All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM) began at 6 am.
The student organizations have said that the contents of the three Bills have overlapped with Article 371C and Manipur Hill People Administration Regulation Act, 1947.
The Zomi Council extended support to the bandh. Churachandpur witnessed near-total shutdown. Protesters in Rengkhai area of the district burned effigies of Chief Minister Ibobi and Hill Area Committee Chairman Chaltolien Amo in Kangvai area.