Three feared dead, MLAs`™ residences set ablaze, curfew imposed
IMPHAL, August 31: Violence erupted in Churachandpur district this evening against the passing of the Protection of Manipur Peoples`™ Bill 2015 and the two related bills during a special sitting of the State Legislative Assembly today.
Three persons have been reported dead , scores injured while residences of local MLAs in the district including that of Health minister Phungzathang Tonsing have been set ablaze, according to reliable sources.
Meanwhile, the district magistrate Churachandpur Lunminthang Haokip has imposed curfew in the district under section 144 (2) of Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 with immediate effect until further order.
Several vehicles including that of the DC and BSF have also been damaged in the riot, informed sources.
Huge mob of protestors came out to the streets soon after the bills were passed this afternoon, sources informed.
The mob attacked the residences of the MLAs and set them ablaze. Although, police sources have confirmed that the mob set ablaze the residence of Health minister Phungzathang Tonsing, the exact number of houses set ablaze is yet to be ascertained.
According to sources, 19 year old Pausuanlian, son of Zenkhanching of New Lamka Vengnuam succumbed to burn injuries sustained in one of the burning houses. However, it is yet to be confirmed in whose house he sustained the injuries and whether he was an agitator.
Thangzalian, 20, son of Vungching of Hiangtam was riding his bike which hit an electric post laid on the road as a road block. He succumbed to his injuries, according to sources.
The other dead has been identified as H Paulianmang, 23, son of (L) H Thianlal of Dorcas Veng. He was hit by a bullet, according to sources.