Human rights activist Sharmila for implementation of ILPS
IMPHAL, SEPTEMBER 19
[dropcap]M[/dropcap]anipur’s Human Rights Defender Irom Chanu Sharmila expressed her desire to implement the Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) for protecting the indigenous people of the state.
Sharmila was speaking to media on the sideline of her routine court appearance at the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal East at Lamphelpat Court complex today.
She also appealed to the people of Manipur to join against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal East A Noutuneshwari Devi further remanded her till October 3, 2014.In another development, the meeting on the implementation of ILPS in Manipur with the members of Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) and Political parties Committee on Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) was held in the Chief Minister’s Secretariat here with the chief minister O Ibobi Singh in the chair today at 2 pm.
After a detailed discussion the meeting resolved that the preliminary meeting was positive and have decided to have the next meeting of the Joint Committee on ILPS with the Committee on ILPS in the Committee Room of Manipur Legislative Assembly at 2pm of September 22 to have further discussion on Inner Line Permit, according to a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
Sixteen members of the Joint Committee on ILPS led by its Convenor H Ibotombi Khuman and 13 members of Committee on ILPS including its Chairman Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam and convenor RK Anand,MLA attended the day’s meeting.
Spearheaded by the JCILPS, the people of Manipur working in diverse fields have been including the students community have been launching various forms of agitation since June-July, demanding implementation of the ILPS in a move to control the influx population of the illegal migrants in the state.
ILPS, which restricts outsiders from entering a state and staying there without permission, is enforced in three North Eastern States of Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram. It was withdrawn from Manipur in November 1950 but the people are now demanding its re-introduction in the state in a move to monitor and control the influx of illegal migrants’ population in the region.
On Thursday night, many JCILPS functionaries who were detained in the police custody since September 8, have been released without any condition in order to hold talk on the issue.