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Protest in Mnp turns violent
Correspondent IMPHAL, MAR 9:
Published on 10 Mar. 2011 12:47 AM IST
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Demonstrations turned violent at Wangoi in Imphal west on Wednesday, as protesters smashed vehicles and security forces fired tear gas on the crowds. At least five women sustained minor injuries from police baton charge.
Protesters demonstrated against disappearance of a youth hailing from Top Siphai of Wangoi area after suspected security forces in combat uniform picked up him from his house on the night of February 18 last.
Longjam Suresh was abducted along with another person of the same locality by suspected security personnel who came in a Gypsy and a bullet proof vehicle on the night of February 18. The other person, Chabungbam Manglemba was released after two days, however, Suresh is still missing.
When government failed to take up action to trace the missing youth despite repeated requests to the government and police, locals had imposed a 24-hour statewide strike. The strike commenced from 5 am Wednesday, but did not effect other places.
Hundreds of locals demanding government to find the whereabouts of the youth took to the streets along the Mayai Lambi, a state highway to enforce the bandh. They smashed windshield of as many as 15 vehicles including 10 vans, two auto-rickshaws for allegedly violated the bandh.
Earlier, no intervention was given to the protestors blocking the road, but following prevention of a bridal procession to ensue, police intervened and asked protestors to allow passage to the procession.
When protestors refused to do so, police resorted to firing tear gas and using other mob ammunition devises. They also took to baton charge to quell the protestors.
After subduing protestors and allowing the bridal procession cross the area, protestors hurled stones at the police, and the latter returned with tear gas. The situation was tense but under control, a police officer said.

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