Imphal: The already tense situation in Manipur took a turn for the worse on Monday night after 4 people were allegedly shot dead by Manipur Police commandos following widespread arson in Churachandpur district.
Sources from the restive area told Zee Media, the district hospital of Churachandpur has confirmed the deaths. Many others are believed to be injured.
Earlier, houses of a state minister, an MP and five MLAs were set on fire by unidentified people in Churachandpur apparently over passage of some bills in the Assembly, prompting imposition of curfew in the town.
Altogether seven houses were torched in the incidents that took place hours after the Assembly passed three bills to protect the indigenous people of Manipur.
The bills are The Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015, The Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh amendment) Bill, 2015, and The Manipur Shops and Establishments (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015. A police officer said the houses of the MP of Outer Manipur Thangso Baite, the state’s minister-in-charge for Family Welfare Phungzaphang Tonsimg and five MLAs, including Manga Vaiphei of Henglep Assembly constituency and Vungzagin Valte of Thanlom, were torched.
Three tribal students’ organisations, which had called a 12-hour bandh today in the hill districts to protest against the passing of some Bills in the Manipur Assembly, are suspected to be behind the arson, the officer said.