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Bills not to affect hill people: Gaikhangam

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IMPHAL, Sept 3 - Manipur Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam today asserted that the three Bills passed in the Assembly recently will not hurt the interest of any particular community in the State.

�If there is sufficient reasons to show that its hurts the interest of the hill people or the hill area, then it can be discussed,� said Gaikghangam while speaking to media persons here on Thursday.

�Manipur cannot be Manipur without its (different) communities. But now the first and foremost thing is to sit together and thrash out the differences. If there is room for rectification or correction, the government is ready to do that�, he added while allaying fears of the hill people.

Sharing deepest condolences on behalf of the State Government over the loss of precious lives and properties in Churachandpur following the outbreak of violence that has claimed seven lives besides damaging residences of Ministers and MLAs, he appealed for peace and calm in the violence-hit hill district headquarters.

He said that the State Government has already sent out a message to civil society organisations and student bodies there (Churachandpur) to have a discussion.

On the report of blocking social networking site Facebook and messenger service WhatsApp on mobile phones (since late Tuesday night), the Deputy CM said, �it may because of security reasons.�

With the death of another injured person in the district hospital, the death toll has risen to eight.

Meanwhile, the newly formed Joint Action Committee against the killings, reportedly submitted a memorandum to the State Chief Minister demanding the Bills passed in the Assembly be repealed or insertion of exception clause, judicial inquiry into the incident and other appropriate action.

Life in Churachandpur, about 65 km south of the State capital has remained paralysed since the last four days after violence flared up to protest passing of three Bills in State Assembly that aim to regulate the influx of outsiders.

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Bills not to affect hill people: Gaikhangam

IMPHAL, Sept 3 - Manipur Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam today asserted that the three Bills passed in the Assembly recently will not hurt the interest of any particular community in the State.

�If there is sufficient reasons to show that its hurts the interest of the hill people or the hill area, then it can be discussed,� said Gaikghangam while speaking to media persons here on Thursday.

�Manipur cannot be Manipur without its (different) communities. But now the first and foremost thing is to sit together and thrash out the differences. If there is room for rectification or correction, the government is ready to do that�, he added while allaying fears of the hill people.

Sharing deepest condolences on behalf of the State Government over the loss of precious lives and properties in Churachandpur following the outbreak of violence that has claimed seven lives besides damaging residences of Ministers and MLAs, he appealed for peace and calm in the violence-hit hill district headquarters.

He said that the State Government has already sent out a message to civil society organisations and student bodies there (Churachandpur) to have a discussion.

On the report of blocking social networking site Facebook and messenger service WhatsApp on mobile phones (since late Tuesday night), the Deputy CM said, �it may because of security reasons.�

With the death of another injured person in the district hospital, the death toll has risen to eight.

Meanwhile, the newly formed Joint Action Committee against the killings, reportedly submitted a memorandum to the State Chief Minister demanding the Bills passed in the Assembly be repealed or insertion of exception clause, judicial inquiry into the incident and other appropriate action.

Life in Churachandpur, about 65 km south of the State capital has remained paralysed since the last four days after violence flared up to protest passing of three Bills in State Assembly that aim to regulate the influx of outsiders.

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