IPS officer hurt in violent clash with protesters in Manipur

IMPHAL, OCT 8: | Publish Date: 10/8/2020 1:50:09 PM IST

 A move of Manipur government to appease a group of agitating people over the National Sports University (NSU) site triggered widespread violent agitations in parts of Imphal West district.

In a talk to end the five-day total bandh on the national highways passing through Kangpokpi district, the state government on Wednesday agreed with Kangpokpi based CSOs that the NSU site lies within the jurisdiction of Kangpokpi district.

 The agreement irked the residents of villages under Imphal West district who claim they donated the land for setting up the NSU campus site which then triggered Thursday’s widespread violent protests in Imphal west district.

A top police officer and several protesters sustained injuries as agitations turned violent, compelling state authority to impose curfew in and around the disputed NSU campus.

Imphal West district SP K Meghachandra sustained injuries on his left ear after a stone was pelted on him and was rushed to Raj Medicity hospital, Imphal for medical treatment. 

Several protesters also sustained injuries in the clashes at several villages. Among them one sustained serious injury as police beat him up, reports alleged.

The question of whether the NSU site lies in Imphal West district or Kangpokpi district has been a bone of contention among villages at the inter-district border since the very beginning.

A five-day total bandh was imposed on the national highways against forced demarcation of the land last Saturday. The bandh was due to end by October 10. However, it was suspended after the state government agreed that the land lies within Kangpokpi district.

Hundreds of villagers near the NSU site on Thursday agitated against the agreement by blocking roads in their respective villages and complaining to the local MLAs of Lamshang and Sekmai Assembly constituencies of Imphal West district.

They stormed the residences of the MLAs and shouted various slogans against the agreement at the gates. 

In the afternoon, a large number of agitators stormed the under construction NSU campus and tore down the signboards only to face gunshots fired from the hill sides by unknown people.

A police team rushed to the spot had to retreat after firing shots into the air as firing from the hill side continued even after they warned to stop firing.

Among other, the police team that rushed to the spot included top officials like IG zone-1 K Jayenta, DIG Themthing, Imphal West SP K Meghachandra 

The police act of retreating angered the agitating villagers who pelted towards the police, compelling the police to fire tear gas shells and mock bombs.

The violent clashes between the police and agitators continued till late Thursday evening.

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