Protest against Citizenship Bill turns violent in Imphal, agitators clash with police

Imphal, January 15: Protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in front of the Manipur Chief Minister’s residence on Tuesday turned violent after the protesters created a ruckus which led to a clash between the security personnel and the protesters in Imphal.

Manipur Welfare Organisation and Manipur Muslim Development Committee’s activists, who staged the protest, pelted stones at the police and tried to enter the Chief Minister’s residence breaking the barricades.

Later, police fired rubber bullets and used tear gas to chase away the protesters.

Stir opposing the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 by various organizations is going on across Manipur.

Manipur Peoples Party (MPP) and six students’ organisations have been staging protests demanding scrapping of the Bill.

A protest rally was jointly organised at Kwakeithel Akham Leikai in Imphal West district on Saturday by several Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) like All Manipur United Clubs Organisation (AMUCO), Irawat Foundation, COHR, Poirei Leimarol Network and AMOVA and others.

The Citizenship Bill was passed at the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Following which, the Bill got stalled in the Rajya Sabha after facing strong opposition from the Congress along with other parties.