Protests by Manipuris at Jantar Mantar, demand inner line permit system

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More than hundred people belonging to different communities from Manipur gathered on Monday at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar demanding inner line permit system, which prevents outsiders from settling in the state. The rally was organised by Manipur student’s association Delhi and supported by Manipur young mind association Delhi.

The protesters marched from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar and submitted memorandums addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee in their respective offices.

The protesters urged the Central Government to frame a policy such as entry passes for outsiders (for the purpose of settlement) and tourists with limited validity.

 

Chand Potshangbam who belongs to the Meetei community told Jantakareporter.com that inner line permit was implemented in most of the north-eastern states like Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram but not in Manipur.

He said, “States like Assam and Tripura have even faced consequences of not implementing the ILP. As of now, there is just less than five percent Tripuri indigenous tribe in Tripura. ILP is not about sending back the outsiders, but it is a platform to check and monitor the outsiders by issuing a card system.”

Potshangbam said that the concept of ILP was removed during 1951-52 but now, the people of Manipur want it back once again.

Besides this, they also want the Centre to take action against the Manipur police which allegedly treats people quite brutally, kills innocent and tortures masses. Only a few days ago, the state police had allegedly shot down an eleven-year-old student with a rubber bullet who was protesting on the road.