Student death case: Three students hurt during protests

Student death case: Three students hurt during protests
Police foil students protest rally demanding justice for student died in controversial circumstance in Imphal on Thursday .
Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 8 | Publish Date: 8/8/2019 12:42:59 PM IST

At least three students sustained  injuries as protestors demanding justice for the student  who died in controversial circumstance confronted the police amidst showers of tear gas and mock bombs.

Two Gypsy vehicles of police were also damaged by students who pelted stones towards the police in retaliation to tear gas shells and mock bombs hurled at them.

Police in the capital city had a hard time as students from various schools carried out protest rallies on the streets at various places amidst intensified agitations in Thangmeiband area after police arrested co-convenor and a member of the JAC against murder of Ningthoujam Babaysana Chanu.

A dawn to dusk shutdown also brought normal life to a grinding halt in Thangmeiband area where the victim t hailed from.

Babysana, a class-VII student of Standard Robarth Higher Secondary School, Canchipur was found death by hanging in her hostel dormitory in suspicious manner on July 18. With reeks of foul-play, JAC with the supports of various pressure groups, particularly student bodies,  have been launching various forms of agitation demanding to find the truth behind the death of the girl student.

Continuing with protests, students from various schools in Imphal area carried out protest rallies, allegedly targeting Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.

Several students were injured in the police action among whom three were hospitalised after they sustained injuries. One of them sustained severe leg injuries after he was hit by tear gas shell. Apart from students of various schools in the twin Imphal districts, students in Thoubal districts staged sit-in-protests at the gate of their respective schools. Students of some schools formed human chains on the roads near their school campus. A 12-hour bandh brought normal life to a grinding halt in Thangmeiband area where the deceased student hailed from and the epicentre of the agitations.  The bandh affected part of market places of the city as nearly half of the city’s market places were under Thangmeiband Assembly constituency.

Large number of police personnel, armed with riot gears detailed across Thangmeiband as part of security measure to thwart the bandh. The bandh supporters confronted the police who showered them with tear gas shells and mock bombs till the last hour of the bandh.

An intense form of bandh was witnessed as supporters poured their anger over police crackdown against the leaders and members of the JAC.

Police have been cracking down against the JAC leaders and members since yesterday evening. They have so far arrested co-convenor Pratap Leishangthem and member Elangbam Joykumar of the JAC and were allegedly after other members of the JAC.

The arrested co-convener and member were produced in the court of Imphal West chief judicial magistrate where the court remanded them to the judicial custody for 15 days.

Talking to media after coming out from the court room, the co-convener said that they will not apply for bail saying “let the law take its own course.”

They were sent to judicial custody amidst strong pressure from the residents of Thangmeiband area to release them without any condition. During the dawn to dusk bandh, womenfolk at various locality staged sit-in-protest demanding unconditional release of the leaders of the JAC. They warned of intense forms of agitation if government failed to consider their demand at the earliest.

“Release them immediately without any condition or face the wrath of the people,” a woman leader warned the government.

On the other hand, the JAC Against the Murder of Ningthoujam Babaysana Chanu has threatened to intensified its ongoing agitations if the arrested members were not release by 10 am of August 9.

A statement of the JAC announced that if the government fails to release them by the set deadline, other 10 members of the JAC including its convenor will agitate to arrest them.


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