Manipur: Massive protest over demand for NRC, many injured amid clash with cops
Guwahati, March 28: Massive protests were held in Manipur's capital Imphal on Tuesday by hundreds of people demanding the implementation of National Register of Citizens (NRC).
The protestors are also demanding setting up the Manipur State Population Commission.
Six prominent student organisations led a rally at Chief Minister Biren Singh's official residence, joined by hundreds of women vendors from the "Ima Market" (Mothers' Market) and members of the Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI).
A massive police presence stopped protesters from reaching the Chief Minister's residence, resulting in clashes and injuries on both sides.
The Manipur Police stated the situation had been brought under control after hours of clashes, arguments, and disarray.
Students from six organisations, led by the Manipur Students' Federation, gathered first in front of Ima Market in central Imphal and then began a rally with the help of women traders.
Protesters carried posters saying "protect indigenous rights and future" and "save forests, save the environment".
Protesters claim that the influx of immigrants from both inside and outside of the country, particularly individuals from Myanmar, Nepal, and Bangladesh, has had a substantial impact on Manipur's identity, culture, economy, administration, and environment.
The student organisations requested that illegal immigrants from Manipur be identified and deported.
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- With inputs from agencies