Manipur’s capital Imphal has been under curfew since July 8. Section 144 of the CrPC prohibiting the assembly of more than 10 people in an area was clamped on the East and West Imphal districts following the violence which erupted after the death of a school student, Sapam Robinhood, due to police action.
Police lobbed tear-gas shells at a procession in Imphal East district comprising mostly students from various schools of Imphal demanding implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in the state. Sixteen-year-old Sapam was hit by a shell on the face. He later succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.
The procession was in support of the ongoing movement in the state demanding implementation of the ILP. It is spearheaded by the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit.
The Joint Committee is demanding the scrapping of the Manipur Regulation of Visitors Tenant and Migrant Workers Bill, 2015, and the introduction of a bill to implement the ILP in the current session of the state assembly to “safeguard the interests of indigenous people and fulfil their aspirations”.