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Mob torches houses of five Manipur legislators

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  1 Sep 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Imphal, August 31: Five houses belonging to Congress lawmakers were on Monday burned down by an angry mob in Manipur’s Churchandpur district over the Inner Line Permit issue, officials said. The residence of Health and Family Welfare Minister Phungzathang Tonsing was among those torched. The mob also set afire the vehicle of Churachandpur Deputy Commissioner Lunminthang Haokip, and prevented fire engines from dousing the flames, even as police were forced to resort to a baton charge. However, none of the lawmakers were at their residences. Officials said the mob was comprised of members of tribal students organisations protesting against the Manipur government’s adoption of three landmark bills — Protection of Manipur Peoples Bill 2015, Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (seventh amendment) Bill 2015, and Manipur Shops and Establishment (second amendment) Bill 2015. IANS

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