Imphal: A schoolboy of the ninth standard died in Imphal as protesting students clashed with the police. As a result of the clash, indefinite curfew has been clamped in the area and the situation is tense.
The protesting students were part of an organisation that had been agitating for a tough law regarding an Inner Line Permit regime, a rule to restrict the entry of outsiders into the state. The organisation mostly draws its strength from students, even school-going ones.Police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the mob, which had been trying to head for the Manipur assembly.
Inner line permit regimes are in place in Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. In March, the Manipur government tabled a bill in Assembly that will enforce the tracking of all outsiders who enter the state. But the protesters maintain the bill has no teeth.