The large gatherings and mobile internet services were suspended in Manipur’s Churachandpur district following violence ahead of Chief Minister N Biren Singh’s visit there.
A mob vandalised and set on fire the venue of CM’s scheduled programme over the BJP government’s survey of reserved and protected forests and areas like wetlands.
The protest was led by the Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum. The forum alleged the state government has demolished churches with “absolutely no consideration and respect for something which is deeply sacred…”
They claimed that despite repeated submission of memorandums to the government protesting an ongoing eviction drive to clear reserved forested areas of farmers and other tribal settlers, “the government has shown no sign of willingness or sincerity in addressing the plight of the people.”
The mob managed to partially torch the newly set-up open gym at PT Sports complex at New Lamka which Biren Singh was slated to inaugurate on Friday afternoon, PTI reported.
Prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC)were issued in the district to prevent any untoward incident in the district.