IMPHAL: Three persons were killed today when police opened fire on protesters in Manipur's Churachandpur district taking the overnight toll to eight as fresh violence erupted there, forcing the authorities to continue the indefinite curfew imposed last night.
The police said that they opened fire on a mob which attacked Churachandpur police station, leaving three of the agitators dead. Two of the killed were in their 30s while another was 10 years old, police sources said.
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Four persons were injured in the police firing, taking the total number of the injured to 31. They were admitted to Churachandpur district hospital this evening, a hospital source said.
Five persons were kille during a general strike called by the tribal student organisations called a bandh yesterday protesting against the passage of three bills - Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015, Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh amendment) Bill, 2015, and Manipur Shops and Establishments (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015 - in the state assembly to protect the indigenous people.
The tribals feared that the passage of the laws would allow "outsiders" to have rights over tribal land. While three bullet-riddled bodies were found in Churachandpur town yesterday, a charred body was recovered from under the debris at the residence of Henglep MLA Manga Vaiphei this morning in the town, a police officer said, adding that another body was also found.
According to the police, the houses of MP of Outer Manipur Lok Sabha seat Thangso Baite, Manipur Family Welfare Minister Phungzaphang Tonsimg, and that of five MLAs, including Manga Vaiphei and Vungzagin Valte of Thanlom, were set on fire in Churachandpur town during the bandh called by the students last evening.