Four killed, houses of ministers, MP, MLAs burnt

Imphal, Sep 1: Four people were killed and many others injured, after violence erupted in Manipur's Churachandpur district over the passing of laws to regulate the entry of outsiders into the state.

Houses of two ministers, six MLAs and an MP were also burnt down by protesters in Churachandpur and Senapati districts, police said.

Mobs started attacking houses of the legislators after the Manipur Assembly passed three Bills to protect the state's Indigenous people. The agitators alleged that the Bills passed by the Assembly may affect the rights of tribes who settle in the hill districts.

Police said a man died due to burns and three others in clashes between police and protesters. They said a huge mob started assembling since last night and went on a rampage. It prevented the police and fire tenders from dousing the flames of the houses set on fire. The houses belonged to two ministers, Phungzathang Tonsing, Ngamthang Haokip, MP Thangso Baite and five MLAs-- Vungzagin Valte, Ginsuanhau Zou, Manga Vaiphei, Nemcha Kipgen and Dr Chaltonline Amo.

Vehicles belonging to Deputy Commissioner Lunminthang Haokip and other officials were also attacked. Vehicles and household items of the legislators were completely burnt. Meanwhile, the district administration has imposed prohibitory orders under CrPC 144. The problem started at Churachandpur district and by midnight, it spread to Sadar Hills areas of Senapati district. Other hill districts were however not affected. Large numbers of security personnel have been rushed in. They were guarding the residential areas and the situation continued to be tense.

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