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Amra Bangali moves SC against Manipur ILP

Shillong, June 9: Amra Bangali, a Kolkata-based organisation with a unit in Assam, has moved the Supreme Court demanding revocation of the inner line permit (ILP) in Manipur.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the organisation referred to the inner line permit as a “black law” that goes against the sovereignty of the country.

Bakul Chandra Roy, the general secretary of Amra Bangali, said, “The law is trying to counter the constitutional right of every citizen to move freely within the country and it is an attempt to create a state within a state… Amra Bangali, with the help of Supreme Court advocate Fuzail Ahmed Ayyubi, have approached the apex court against this law.”

In its petition to the apex court, Amra Bangali said, “Reminiscent of the colonial oppression and discrimination, the petitioner submits, the extension of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 (hereinafter referred to as the “BEFR, 1873”) to the State of Manipur by way of the impugned 1950 order and the 2019 order, is in violation of the fundamental rights of citizens as guaranteed under Article 14, 15, 19 and 21 of the Indian Constitution insofar as they provide unbridled and unqualified power to the state for restricting the entry and exit of the non-indigenous persons or those who are not permanent residents of the State of Manipur.”

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