Police disrupt Cong rally in Imphal

Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 9: | Publish Date: 8/10/2018 2:26:19 AM IST

 Manipur police Thursday foiled a Congress procession to offer floral tributes to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the 76th anniversary of Quit India movement in Imphal. Police in riot gear fired several rounds of tear gas shells to disperse the rally.

Voicing anguish at the police, opposition leader and former chief minister, Okram Ibobi Singh accused the BJP-led government both at the Centre and state of ‘murdering democracy’.

When the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) rally was about to kick-start, police officers leading a large police team asked the gathering not to carry out the rally as prohibitory order under section 144 of CrPC was enforced in the whole of Imphal West district.

Despite the request, the rally was about to go ahead which compelled police to block the Congress workers inside the Congress Bhavan.

With the situation going out of control, police fired several rounds of tear gas shells and mock bombs towards the Congress Bhavan in a bid to prevent the Congress workers from taking out the on the street.

With the situation tense, additional police force was called from the Imphal West district police headquarters. They guarded the Congress Bhavan till the end of the commemoration function.

Former chief minister O Ibobi Singh who talked to media on the sideline of the function said that the police action reflected “dictatorial” attitude of BJP-led government at the Centre and in the state. 

“BJP and its partners are running a dictatorial government the Centre as well as in Manipur. It is a threat to democracy,” he said. 

He alleged that the act of the BJP-led coalition government was nothing but an attempt to kill democracy. “It is not only an uncivilized act of the government but anti-national,” he added.

 Narendra Modi led BJP’s NDA government at the Centre and N Biren-led BJP’s coalition government in Manipur have been trying to suppress the voice of the people and it is well known by all sections of people, he went on to allege.

“Such dictatorial form of government will not last long,” he added. 



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