At least 10 students sustained injuries in a clash with police when they, along with hundred others, tried to storm the Manipur Assembly complex on Thursday, demanding reintroduction of the Inner Line Permit (ILP).
The ILP, a travel document, is a prerequisite for all Indians and foreigners travelling to Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh. It was introduced to safeguard the indigenous people and regulate movement near border areas.
Several students, activists of the students’ wing of the Joint Action Committee on the Inner Line Permit System, had gathered at various points around the Assembly complex at noon. They converged at the complex, shouting slogans demanding the reintroduction of the ILP in Manipur.
However, policemen pushed them back and several students were taken into custody and released later.
Student leaders told reporters that although the Assembly had passed a resolution in July last on the reintroduction of the ILP and the government wrote to the Centre there was no response. Instead, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde was reported to have said that the ILP could not be enforced now in Manipur.
Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh said the government supported campaigns to check infiltration of foreigners into the State.