Women vendors` ILPS rally stopped midway

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Police women trying to control vendors of Ima Keithels during a protest rally.
Police women trying to control vendors of Ima Keithels during a protest rally.

IMPHAL, July 15: Angry womenfolk of the three Ima Keithels took out a protest rally against the three months time set by the House to bring out a fresh bill which can protect the indigenous people during its special sitting today.

The women protestors demanded implementation of a bill at the earliest to check the unbridled entry of non-locals into the State.

Decrying police brutality in controlling the present ongoing movement, they further demanded that the police personnel involved in the death of Sapam Robinhood should be punished at the earliest.

The rally started around 12:30 pm from the bazaar area and attempted to march towards the Assembly building where the one day emergency sitting of the Assembly was underway.

Police attempt to stop them resulted in a tussle, however, an understanding was brought about soon between the two groups and the protestors turnaround from the Bir Tikendrajit Flyover and entered into the Ima Keithel.

During the short rally, around 200 women vendors of the three keithels shouted slogans condemning the police personnel involved in the death of Sapam Robinhood and implementation of the ILPS in the State at the earliest.

Meanwhile, residents of New Checkon road, Palace Gate also staged a mass sit in protest demanding implementation of the ILPS in the State by blocking one side of the road.

Residents of Keishampat also demonstrated at Keishampat Leimajam Leikai supporting the demand for implementing ILPS in the State and punishment for the police personnel responsible for Robinhood`™s death.

The Film Forum, Manipur also staged a sit in protest in front of the Usha Cinema hall.

Around 100 well-known actors, actresses and others hold placards condemning the death of S Robinhood and asking the government to act now to protect the indigenous people.

Following the sit in protest, they visited Robinhood`™s home at Khurai Lairikyengbam Leikai.

Meanwhile, an effigy of the Chief Minister was burn at Tera Bazar, while protestors from Khurai Leirikyengbam Leikai also blocked the Dingku Road in protest against the resolution of the House.

Local clubs and meira paibis of Tentha area also took out a meira rally this evening showing support for the ILPS movement.

Around 500 individuals participated in the rally.

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