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4 women injured as police use force to disperse protestors in Manipur

4 women injured as police use force  to disperse protestors in Manipur
Police use force to clear NH-102 blocked by protestors on Saturday (NP).
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jun 8 | Publish Date: 6/8/2019 11:41:04 AM IST

Four women were injured as clashes broke out between police and protesters who were blocking Imphal-Moreh section of NH-102 in Manipur’s Kakching district on Saturday. The police have also detained four women and five men for taking part in the agitations.

With tension running high after the clash, Kakching district magistrate promulgated prohibitory order under 144 CrPC in the area.

The clash erupted after police resorted to firing tear gas shells and mock bombs to disperse a large number of protestors who imposed a total blockade on the NH-102 today, around 9 am.

Locals of 44-Yaithibi Loukon and surrounding areas in Kakching district imposed the total blockade on the highway at Khongjom area to strongly protest against construction of a food park at Yaithibi Loukon which the state government had acquired for the construction of permanent campus of the National Sports University (NSU).

However, after site for construction of National Sports University was shifted to Koutruk in Imphal West district, the state government was allegedly planning to develop a food park at Yaithibi Loukon.

The government’s plan was strongly objected by the villagers, particularly by owners whose land and paddy fields were acquired by the government for construction of NSU campus.

As part of their continued protest against the government plan, residents of Yaithibi and its surrounding villages took to NH-102 at Khongjom area and imposed a total blockade on the highway.

The blockade continued even after officials of the Kakching district police rushed to the spot to convince them to open the highway for normal traffic.

With the crowd not paying heed to the requests, a large number police personnel from Thoubal and Kakching district headquarters rushed to the spot and dispersed the protestors using tear gas and mock bombs. Roof a house near the protest site was partially damaged after tear gas shells fell on it. The protestors retaliated with stones. Those that sustained injury were immediately rushed to Thoubal district hospital. 

 

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