Manipur: MANPAC members ‘detained’ by police at airport, public meeting on CAB ‘disrupted’

Manipur: MANPAC members ‘detained’ by police at airport, public meeting on CAB ‘disrupted’

IMPHAL | Dec 6:

Amid the tension brewing over the Citizenship Amendment Bill, members of the Manipur People Against CAB (MANPAC) were allegedly detained by the state police at Imphal Airport today afternoon on arrival from their meeting with Union Home Minister, Amit Shah in New Delhi. They were later taken to the office of the Superintendent of Police.

According to a member of the core committee of MANPAC, Kh Athouba, the advance team of the organisation was received by the police personnel soon after landing at the airport and later kept at the SP office before being let go. "We are not sure why the team is being received by the police. It could be due to the meeting scheduled to be held at the main market in at Ima Keithel today," said Athouba.

Meanwhile, it was also informed that police personnel also paid a visit to the residences of some of the members of the Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) today morning.

MANPAC was supposed to hold a public meeting today afternoon at 2 pm in Ima Keithel to discuss about the fall-out of their meeting with the union home minister, Amit Shah in New Delhi but the same was reportedly prevented by the police.

The Convener of Manipur People Against CAB (MANPAC), Yumnamcha Dilipkumar, on Wednesday, had said that the home minister Amit Shah has assured to formulate a protective mechanism so to safeguard Manipur's integrity while implementing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB).

The nine-member delegation of MANPAC, during the talks, pressed that the statute should not be extended in Manipur considering the uncontrollable flow of illegal migrants in the state, he said.

It was learnt that the members of the NGOs from Manipur are not happy with the assurances given by the Home Minister. "We are only trying to figure out an arrangement for the centre to exempt Manipur from this bill. Whether to introduce Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the entire state like Nagaland, Arunachal and Mizoram or bring Manipur under the 6th Schedule like Meghalaya, Assam and Tripura," said one of the NGOs' members.

While the arrangement between the state government and the centre is still undecided, sources informed that the Manipur government is also trying to decide whether to bring in ILP or protect the state under 6th Schedule.

The draft bill which is scheduled to be placed before the Parliament on Tuesday reads, "Nothing in this section shall apply to tribal areas of AssamMeghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura as included in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution and the area covered under 'The Inner Line' notified under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873."

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