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6 hurt in student-police clash

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 7 | Publish Date: 7/8/2018 12:41:51 AM IST
Six students were injured in a clash between college students and police in Imphal on Wednesday.
The clash erupted after police prevented students’ from marching towards chief minister’s bungalow even though leaders of the Joint Colleges Students’ Forum (JCSF) convinced the police that they were coming to submit a memorandum to the chief minister.
The students from Manipur University affiliated colleges are demanding the government to intervene and end the impasse arising out of demand for removal of vice-chancellor Prof Adya Pandey Prasad.
Even though the students had almost reached the gate of chief minister’s bungalow, police on duty asked them to retreat saying that the chief minister was not at his office. 
When the students insisted to allow their representatives to enter and submit a memorandum to the chief minister, additional police force was called out and resorted to cane-charge.
Irate by police action, students attempted to storm the bungalow resulting injuries to some students. As many as six students were rushed to Imphal’s RIMS hospital after they sustained injuries in the police action. Condition of one student was stated to be serious.
Talking to reporters, convener of Joint Colleges Students’ Forum (JCSF), Arambam Vikash condemned the police action against the students who came “peacefully”.
“We went there to submit a memorandum seeking chief minister’s attention to the ongoing impasse at Manipur University which has affected to the academic careers of the college students. 
Owing to the impasse, results of the 3rd and 4th semester examination for TDCs conducted by the Manipur University were not yet declared. The 6th semester examination too has been put on hold,” Vikash said.
He also cautioned that JCSF will also join the agitations demanding removal of the vice-chancellor if the state government failed to take necessary steps to intervene and end the current impasse within the next three days.

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