Adding a serious twist to the ongoing agitation for implementation of the Inner Line Permit System in Manipur, a student volunteer died after sustaining grievous injury during police action in an attempt to contain the agitators who were marching towards the state assembly on Wednesday. Deputy Commissioners of Imphal East and West have clamped curfew inside the greater Imphal area.
The deceased has been identified as Sapam Robinhood Singh, 16, S/o Romesh of Keishamthong Thangjam Leirak, residing at his mother’s home at Khurai Lairik Yengbam Leikai and studying in class XI (Science) at Ananda Singh Higher Secondary School, Nongmeibung. He was shot with a tear gas shell on his left check at close range and was rushed to Public Hospital Hatta and was later referred to Raj Medicity, North AOC. The incident happened at Minuthong Hatta when the protestors entered into a clash with the state security personnel who were posted at the area.
Photo: Bryan Khan
Earlier, at around 10 in morning, a large number of member volunteers of the Women’s Wing, Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System Manipur (JCILPS) stormed the residence of the state legislative speaker Kh Lokeshwar at Keishampat, Imphal West. The women agitators, when being informed of the unavailability of the speaker decided to wait for his return. In another similar incident, students of CC Higher Secondary School also prevented W.L. Hangshing, Principal Secretary (PHED) from traveling from his official residence at Sanjenthong.
The committee has been taking up various forms of agitation in its longstanding demand for implementation of the ILP system which will ensure the protection and preservation of the cultural and traditional identity of the indigenous inhabitants of the state.