Imphal street vendors clash with police

Imphal street vendors clash with police
Police confronting with agitating street vendors in Imphal market on Tuesday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, JAN 28 | Publish Date: 1/28/2020 12:40:33 PM IST

City market turned into a war field on Tuesday after thousands of street vendors clashed with the police who evicted them from selling their products.

Vendors on the streets in and around the Khwairamband Keithel (market) in the heart of the capital city began agitation after police started evicting them following an order of the government.

An order issued by Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) on January 16 restricted street vendors from vending their wares after 9am in the morning and before 4 pm in the afternoon.

As police continued to carry out eviction drive despite their repeated plea to the high authority of the government, street vendors in their thousands rose up and imposed traffic blockade in the market area of the city, disturbing normal atmosphere in the biggest business hub of the state.

After street vendors refused to cooperate in bringing normalcy at the market places, a large number of police personnel including women personnel rushed and baton-charge them.

Vendors retaliated and confrontations broke out compelling the police to fire chilli-made mock bombs to disperse the agitating vendors.

A women vendor fainted and many other suffered minor injuries.

After few minutes of struggle, police brought the situation under control to resume normalcy in the market place in the afternoon.

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