Amid the prevailing unrest in Manipur, a public interest litigation (PIL) filed before the Manipur High Court has called for protection of houses and properties and to prevent miscreants from burning them down.
The PIL was filed by one Khumanthem Devabrata Singh, representing a large number of people belonging to Meitei, Tamil and other minor communities who have been evacuated from Moreh in the wake of the recent clashes.
On May 15, the division bench of the Manipur High Court heard the submission from Counsel of the petitioner.
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The Counsel submitted that a large number of people belonging to Meitei, Tamil and other minor communities have been evacuated from the Moreh Town due to the recent clashes and that their homes and properties are left without any proper protection.
The counsel further submitted that unless an interim order is passed directing the respondents to safeguard their houses and properties and to prevent the miscreants from burning down their houses and destroying their properties, the purpose of filing the PIL will be frustrated.
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The additional advocate general of the Manipur High Court also submitted that a similar PIL is pending before the Supreme Court and the matter was up on May 17. The additional AG further submitted that as the Apex Court is monitoring the present situation occurring in Manipur, the matter be taken up after considering the outcome of the cases pending before the Apex Court.
The HC after hearing the submission, posted the matter to be heard on May 22.
The HC stated that in the meantime, the state government and other authorities concerned are ordered to provide adequate security to protect the houses and other properties belonging to the people who have been evacuated from the Moreh Town due to the ethnic clashes that occurred recently.