Police on Monday resorted to firing tear gas shells to control a crowd from storming a police station in Manipur’s Imphal East district.
The protesters were demanding release of 11 persons arrested from the residence of NPP MLA Sheikh Noorul Hassan from Kshetrigao AC of Imphal East district, in connection with a post-poll violence.
As police stopped them in front of the station, the crowd pelted stones. To control the situation, the police resorted to firing tear gas shells and mock bombs and arrested atleast 19 protestors. In the melee, a police woman sustained bleeding injuries after being hit by a stone while some protestors also sustained minor injuries. Police vehicles parked inside the police station premises were also damaged. Earlier in the day, a combined team of Imphal East district police and special commando unit of the district rushed to the residence of the Sheikh Noorul Hassan and picked up 11 workers.
The locals alleged that before picking up, a drone (unmanned aerial vehicle) was seen flying above the house of the elected legislator who had taken oath as a member of the state Assembly along with other 59 newly elected members.
The police also picked up five workers of Nahakpam Indrajit Singh, who contested on the BJP candidate from the same AC.
Altogether 16 persons (11 workers of NPP and five workers of BJP) were arrested in connection with a violent clash that occurred during a victory procession in the constituency on March 11. Imphal East SP Maharabam Pradip Singh said that the 16 workers were arrested in connection with March 11 violent fight between the workers of the two rival candidates.
The SP said that two FIR cases were registered in connection with the violent fight of the day at Porompat police station.
Notice of privilege motion
Alleging that the arrest of 11 persons from his residence was made while he was in the august house and during oath taking, NPP MLA Sheikh Noorul Hassan served a notice of breach of privilege against Imphal East SP, additional SP, OC of Porompat police station and OC of commando unit of the state police.
In the notice, Hassan alleged that the incident was very unfortunate that just after the oath was taken the incident was informed to him, which he said was harmful to the democracy and the dignity of the august house. “No prior information was provided to me before making the raid in my house and arresting some innocent persons from my residence,” the MLA wrote.
He served the notice for privilege under the provisions of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Manipur Legislative Assembly.