Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC were imposed in Manipur’s Jiribam district after an “anti-Indian” bill, passed by the Assembly on July 23, triggered violent protests.The Manipur People’s Protection Bill, 2018 seeks to regulate the entry and exit of “outsiders” on the lines of the British-era inner-line permit system prevalent in three other north-eastern states — Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland.The bill sets 1951 as the base year to identify locals and prevent an influx of outsiders. If approved by the Governor and made an Act, people who came to Manipur after 1951 would be viewed as ‘foreigners’ and would have no voting or land rights.At least 10 people were injured when hundreds of protestors led by the All Jiribam United People’s Joint Action Committee took to the streets on Friday and clashed with the police. The injured included M. Mubi Singh, the district’s Superintendent of Police.“The protestors included both Bengali Hindus and Muslims. They attacked us by pelting stones as we were advising them to take up any issue they have with the government. They thrashed the officer-in-charge of the local police station; a policewoman was injured and I had to be hospitalised because of an injury in my right hand,” Mr Singh said.Md. Ahmed Ali, one of the protest leaders, rubbished the police claim. “They lathi-charged some women without any provocation. The SP also ordered firing in which six persons, including a woman and a minor, were wounded,” he told The Hindu.He said the bill was against Indians, discriminatory and unconstitutional, and the Manipur government was trying to make non-Manipuris stateless. “We will continue with our agitation until this regressive bill is withdrawn,” he said.Bengali Muslims and Hindus from southern Assam’s Barak Valley have been migrating to Manipur, particularly Jiribam, for a long time. These people want the cut-off date to be January 1972, the year when Manipur attained statehood.The tribal people belonging to the Kuki-Zomi groups are wary of the bill too. They had protested against three bills of a similar strain the Manipur Assembly had passed in 2015. Though the President rejected the bills, the tribal agitation took a grim turn when they refused to bury nine bodies of boys and men killed in police firing for almost two years. “We have not read the content of the new bill, but we presume it excludes from the 1951 cut-off date all the communities listed as Scheduled Tribes in 1951. We have no problem if bill does not touch the tribal people,” Paul Lalchhanhima, a tribal leader based in Manipur’s Churachandpur town, said.Many people from the Kuki-Zomi groups are believed to have migrated from adjoining Myanmar before and after 1951.