Four injured in police clash

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, January 11, 2019: At least four persons were injured in a police clash at Khwairamband Bazar in Imphal today during agitation against passing of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

Two agitating students (boys), one agitating woman vendor of Ima market and a street vendor boy were injured in police action in Imphal city. They were rushed to hospital.

Volunteers of several student bodies initiated the rally and tried to throng at the chief minister’s secretariat. They were stopped before reaching the gate of governor’s bungalow. They turned back at Khwairamband Bazar and continued agitation. The women vendors of Ima market joined the protest.

In the protest copies of the citizenship were burnt.

The police fired tear gas shells to stop the agitating the crowd injuring the four.

All Manipur Students Union, Manipur Students Federation, Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur, Kangleipak Students Federation, Students Union of Kangleipak and Apunba Irreipakki Maheirosing Singpanglup in a joint statement said forcefully passing the Citizenship Amendment Bill is a manoeuvre to eradicate the indigenous peoples of the northeast and to build vote banks.

If the bill is forcefully passed in Rajya Sabha and implemented as an act, then it will be considered as a calculated move to inflame the sentiments of the people of the northeast and initiations of demands for independence from the Indian union, it added.

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