Agitations over ILP demand escalate as Assembly session set to end today

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Imphal, July 27: With the onging budget session of the 8th session of the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly set to conclude tomorrow, agitations over the demand for implementation of the ILP escalated today.

Local organisations along with meira paibis took out rallies, and staged sit in protests at different locations.

Effigies of the Chief Minister were also set on fire at different places alleging the governemnt of keeping silent on the issue.

Heavy police presence were also witnessed in various parts of the valley districts today to check any eventuality.

A woman was also injured during a rally at Uripok, this late evening.

Sources identified the injured as RK (o) Kananbala, 55, wife of RK Bishambhor Singh of Uripok Sinam Leikai.

She was hit by a tear gas shell on her left ankle and has been admitted at RIMS.

Large number of locals took out a meira rally along the Uripok road demanding implementation of the ILP.

However, the rally was controlled by the police and made to turn back from near the Uripok side of the BT Road Flyover.

A sit in protest was also held at Nongmeibung Women’s Development Meira Paibi Association at the Nangbam Chuthek, Nongmeibung.

Speaking to the media, secretary of the association N Sobita Devi said that ILP system should be implemented at the earliest to safe guard the welfare of the indigenous population of the State.

Further the association also condemned the brutal act of State police force committed against student agitators.

The association further lamented that the Assembly session has so far not discussed the ILP issue.

Torch rallies were also taken out at Heibongpoki Nupi Samaj Association, Takhel Leikai, Singjamei, Thangmeiband, Uripok, Haobam Marak, Wangkhei Angom Leikai, Khurai and other parts of State capital city till late night.

Ema Panthoibi Sana Keithel Lup staged a protest at BT road demanding the ILP implementation whereas Takhellambam Leikai Youths Club, the Creative and resourceful Luminaries Club (CRLC) and Khwairakpam Leikai, Apunba Nupi Marup staged the protest at Sega road and Sega Lambi at Thouda Bhabok Leikai respectively.

Speaking to the media, EPSKL president Likla Leima said that they didn’t care whether they are put behind bars or killed.

But we are seriously disheartened to know that the government is still unconcerned over the issue, she added.

She further said that they strongly condemned the act of the police personnel for using violence against the students, women while the people are demanding what is right and just.

If the government fails to implement ILP during the session as July 28 is the last day of the Assembly, we will continue with the agitation in whichever way we can as it will be for the welfare of the people of the State, she said.

A similar torch rally was also taken out at Nambol starting from Nambol Thongkha and continuing till Chingmang Police Station, added our Bishnupur correspondent.

The rally return back from Nambol Bazar and culminated at the starting point.

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