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Manipur students injured in lathicharge

Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 23 | Publish Date: 7/24/2018 12:28:40 AM IST
Over a dozen students were injured in a police lathicharge as they tried to storm the session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly by defying the curfew imposed by authorities on Monday. 
A large number of students under the aegis of Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) attempted to march towards the Assembly complex from Thangmeiband amidst the presence of heavily armed police and security forces by breaching the barbwire barricades. 
But they were prevented by security forces which led to the confrontation and in the process police resorted to lathicharge where atleast eight students were injured including a leader of Manipuri Students’ Federation (MSF), Sapam Rajesh, who sustained severe leg injuries. 
Seven students also marched towards the state Legislative Assembly and stood in the middle of the road and demanded their arrest. 
At Khuyathong area, police fired tear gas shells and mock bombs to disperse the protestors while the agitators retaliated with stones. In the melee, around eight more students including deputy secretary of Kangleipak Students’ Association, Khoisnam Sanjoy were injured.
The scuffle between the police and agitating students continued till late afternoon even after the Assembly session was over.
A group of womenfolk including vendors of Ima (Women) market also marched towards the Assembly complex.
On the other hand, agitating Manipur University community – MUSU, MUTA and MUSA- has rejected state chief ministers’ invitation for a talk with regard to the to their demand for removal of vice-chancellor prof AP Pandey. 
Meanwhile, normal marketing, shopping and business activities in Imphal Khwairamband Bazar was brought to total halt after womenfolk from various parts of the state joined hands with women vendors of the market to protest against amendment to the prohibition act.

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