Movement demanding implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in Manipur under the banner of Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has intensified as the strikers blocked the roads without serving prior notice to the public from Monday, August 17, the police officials informed.
In several areas, in the districts of Manipur, Imphal West, Imphal East, Thoubal, Bishnupur agitators staged sit-in-protest and human chain, demanding implementation of ILP system in Manipur. Since Sunday, August 16, 13 people including five students with two girls were undergoing fast unto death in Manipur’s Imphal East and Imphal West districts to press their demand.
The agitators started blocking of road on Monday, August 17, at Imphal-Kangchup road via Uripok, Imphal Mayai Lambi road, Nagamapal road, Imphal airport road, etc. in Manipur’s Imphal West district. The agitators also blocked the roads at Kongba Nandeibam Leikia, Wangkhei Laishram Leirak, Soibam Leikai, Nongmeibung Nambamchuthek, Porompat Ayangpali road, Imphal-Ukhrul road, Imphal-Andro road via Yairipok, in Manipur’s Imphal East district.
Sit-in-protest were also staged in several parts of Thoubal and Bishnupur districts of Manipur. Agitators from Naoremthong Laishram Leirak and Khulem Leikai forcibly shut down the government offices located at Lamphelpat areas including the office of the deputy commissioner, Imphal West district, Education (school) Directorate, Excise Department, State Council of Educational Research and Training, Settlement office, Election department, Employment department, Fisheries department, Labour department and Cooperative department.
Manipur delegation to meet PM on territorial issues
An all-party meet in Imphal decided to send a delegation, headed by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, to meet the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister to discuss Manipur’s territorial issues. The all-party meeting was held at chief minister’s residence on Monday, Manipur Aam Aadmi Party convenor Thoudam Manihar, who attended the meeting, told PTI.The chief minister also informed the participants that a bill on implementation of ILP system in Manipur to protect the indigenous people of the state would be presented in the state Assembly within four or five days, he added.