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Updated on: Friday, May 31, 2019, 11:34 PM IST

ILP protests force Manipur to go without newspapers

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Imphal  : Newspapers were not published in Manipur on Thursday in view of a 48-hour shutdown called in support of an inner line permit (ILP) system for the state.

The ILP is a special pass or permit required to enter the northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram.

It originated during the British rule and is now essentially used as a mechanism to safeguard tribal people and culture from outsiders. “The media fraternity in Manipur regrets to announce non-publication of daily news and electronic media on August 6 due to the intense nature of the bandh,” said a statement by the Editors Guild of Manipur and the All Manipur Working Journalists Union (AMWJU).

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The protest was called by the student wing of the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System.

“The decision was arrived at after a meeting of editors and members of the AMWJU,” it said.

It said journalists and non-journalists could not reach the press. Similarly, reporters and cameramen could not gather news.

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The 48-hour shutdown began at 6 p.m. Tuesday after police cracked down on students demanding an ILP system the previous day, reports IANS.

The demand for an ILP to check the unregulated entry of non-Manipuris into the state — mostly in the Meitei-dominated Imphal valley — has been simmering since the 2011 census came out.

According to figures, of the over 2.7 million population in Manipur, one million have their roots outside the state.

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Inner Line Permit is an official travel document issued by the central government to allow inward travel of an Indian citizen into a protected/restricted area for a limited period. It is obligatory for Indian citizens, not residents of those states, to obtain a permit for entering the restricted areas. It is already enforced in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland.

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Published on: Friday, August 07, 2015, 12:03 AM IST
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