Imphal: For a second, the Imphal residence of Union Minister R K Ranjan Singh was attacked by protestors demanding that he speak in Parliament about the situation in the ethnic strife-affected state.
Large women protesters stormed the residence of the junior Union External Affairs Minister and demanded the minister speak in Parliament about the situation in the state. “We want internet services back. We want to tell people what’s happening to us,” a news agency quoted one of the protestors as saying.
However, nobody was present at the house at the time of the attack and not much harm was done to it.
Security personnel posted at the house in Kongba locality in Imphal East dispersed the protesters.
On June 15 last month, a mob attacked the minister’s residence and tried to burn it down. Security guards and firefighters managed to control arson attempts and save the house.
Meanwhile, students of Manipur University took out a rally during the day demanding the restoration of peace in the state. The police fired tear gas shells to disperse them as the youths crossed an area up to which permission was given to them to hold the rally.
The authorities banned internet services across the northeastern state for the first time on May 3 when clashes between ethnic communities began. It is being extended from time to time “to prevent any disturbance of peace and public order”. More than 160 people have lost their lives, and several have been injured since ethnic violence broke out. With agency inputs