Student death case: 3 hurt in tear gas shelling by police

Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 5 | Publish Date: 8/5/2019 11:47:38 AM IST
Manipur police fired tear gas and used mock bombs as vendors of Ima (women) Market confronted with the female police personnel on duty in Imphal on Monday.
At least three women vendors sustained injuries in the police action. They were rushed to nearby hospital where their conditions were stated to be not serious.
The vendors confronted with the female police personnel after they were blocked from marching toward the Uripok Cheirap Court complex where police produced one of the allege accused in the case related with the controversial death of a 12-year-old student in the dormitory of her hostel.
The girl student of Standard Robarth Higher Secondary School, Canchipur was found hanging in her hostel in suspicious manner on July 18.
Following strong pressures from various pressure groups including, the state police department has been investigating the case by forming a special investigation team (SIT). The SIT has so far arrested five officials - founder cum principal Pheiroijam Landhoni Devi, her son Ph Robinson who is the junior administrator of the school, her daughter Ph Romita Devi (coordinator) and two female wardens.
The principal and coordinator were in the police custody after they were arrested on last Saturday. Police had taken them four days custody after producing before a duty magistrate on Sunday.
Robinson who was arrested earlier on July 30 was produced in the court of Imphal West chief judicial magistrate at Uripok Cheirap Court Complex with the end of his seven days police custody period on Monday. 
Amidst the tight security in place, a large number of vendors of iconic women market-sheds rose up and attempted to storm the court complex while the hearing was in progress. When the police blocked them at the beginning of the march, the women vendors confronted with the female police personnel.  
As the situation ran out of control, the police fired several rounds of tear gas shells and mock bombs in a bid to disperse the protesting women vendors. Three persons were injured in the police action.   

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