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JCILPS calls 42-hr public curfew in Manipur

By Correspondent

IMPHAL, May 5 - Decrying the State Government and political parties� silence on the status of the demand for Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) introduction in Manipur, the Joint Committee on ILPS has asked the political parties in the State to announce their respective party�s stand on the issue within May 8.

This was stated by Kh Ratan of Joint Committee on ILPS (JCILPS) before media persons here on Tuesday. The move of the JCILPS has come as the political parties are gearing up for the Imphal Municipal Council (IMC) election scheduled for June 2 next.

They also appealed for removal of the names of non-local voters from the electoral rolls of IMC areas in the interest of the indigenous communities.

JCILPS, a conglomerate of 40 civil society organisations has been demanding introduction of ILP system in the State as in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram and to monitor the influx of outsiders, which has posed a serious threat to the existence of the indigenous people. It also called a 42 hour �public curfew� from midnight of May 5.

The population of the indigenous hill and plain people in the State is just around 18 lakhs while non-locals including those from Myanmar, Nepal and Bangladesh make up more than 10 lakh, according to JCILPS.

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JCILPS calls 42-hr public curfew in Manipur

IMPHAL, May 5 - Decrying the State Government and political parties� silence on the status of the demand for Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) introduction in Manipur, the Joint Committee on ILPS has asked the political parties in the State to announce their respective party�s stand on the issue within May 8.

This was stated by Kh Ratan of Joint Committee on ILPS (JCILPS) before media persons here on Tuesday. The move of the JCILPS has come as the political parties are gearing up for the Imphal Municipal Council (IMC) election scheduled for June 2 next.

They also appealed for removal of the names of non-local voters from the electoral rolls of IMC areas in the interest of the indigenous communities.

JCILPS, a conglomerate of 40 civil society organisations has been demanding introduction of ILP system in the State as in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram and to monitor the influx of outsiders, which has posed a serious threat to the existence of the indigenous people. It also called a 42 hour �public curfew� from midnight of May 5.

The population of the indigenous hill and plain people in the State is just around 18 lakhs while non-locals including those from Myanmar, Nepal and Bangladesh make up more than 10 lakh, according to JCILPS.