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Four killed, 13 injured in Manipur violence


Imphal: Four persons were killed and at least 13 others injured after violence broke out in Churachandpur district in Manipur last night after passage of some bills in the state assembly, prompting authorities to impose indefinite curfew in Churachandpur town.

Widespread arson was witnessed in the state with houses of a state minister, an MP and five MLAs set on fire by unidentified people in Churachandpur district.

While three bodies were found in Churachandpur town, one charred body was recovered from under the debris at the residence of Henglep MLA Manga Vaiphei this morning from Churachandpur town, a police officer said.

The MLA’s house was among the seven houses which were torched in incidents yesterday that took place hours after the Assembly passed three bills to protect the indigenous people of Manipur.

Churachandpur district hospital authorities said 20 people were admitted to the hospital yesterday of which seven were discharged after first-aid.

A senior police officer had said the houses of MP of Outer Manipur Lok Sabha seat Thangso Baite, Manipur Minister-in-charge of Family Welfare Phungzaphang Tonsimg, and five MLAs, including Manga Vaiphei of Henglep assembly constituency and Vungzagin Valte of Thanlom were torched.

The police today claimed that the situation was under control.

In view of the situation, the administration had imposed indefinite curfew in Churachandpur town since late evening.

Three Bills were passed in the Assembly yesterday to protect the indigenous people of Manipur. They were 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.

Three tribal students’ organisations, which had called a 12-hour bandh in the hill districts yesterday to protest against the passing of some Bills in the Manipur Assembly, were suspected to be behind the arson, a police officer said.

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