Imphal Aug 10,
Simultaneous protest from students of different schools and colleges demanding justice for Babysana had surprised the state police today afternoon. Not only in the school area but protest by group of students from another direction also disturbed Kwairambandh Keithel for few hours as police tried to prevent them. The protest over Babysana’s death had turned some schools and colleges campus in Imphal area similar to war field as police resorted to fire mock bomb and tear gas shells while controlling the students.
At CC Higher Secondary School the students did not retreat back even after the police fire mock bomb but retaliated with slingshots and by pelting stones. At least 16 students were reported injured in today’s clash. As per report at least 10 students including girl students of Ananda Higher Secondary School and CC Higher Secondary schools were injured.
At Churachand Higher Secondary school students of the school along with Ananda Higher secondary School tried to march a protest rally towards CM and Governor Bungalow. The police personnel posted their keeping strict vigil confronted with the students. Police fired tear gas shells to dispersed the protesters.
The agitating students in turn threw stones and sling shots with stones. Police further used several tear gas shells. The scene was more like a battlefield clashing between two uniforms, the students and the police.
10 students including 8 females and 2 males were injured and out of which 1 girl student of Ananda Higher Secondary School was seriously injured.
One of the agitating students complained the atrocities of the police and the used of expired tear gas shell.
In a similar incident students of Imphal College marched towards Kwakeithel which was halted again by the police. To disperse the rally the police personnel fire tear gas shell and mock bombs. Around 7 persons including 4 volunteers of MSF who were discussing about the death anniversary of Chittaranjan were injured.
Meanwhile students of various schools tried to initiate a protest from Khwairamband keithel. The police stationed there stopped the protestors. After confrontation police used mock bombs and tear gas shells. The police lathi charge the protestors injuring one student of Ibotonsana Higher secondary school.
Trying to stage a sit-in-protest students of Tamphasana Higher secondary school were halted by the police using smoke bombs. A student of TG courageously kicked the smoke bomb thrown towards them, the video of it went viral in social media.
Also students of Manipur College protested at the gates of their college demanding justice to Babysana.
With the mysterious death of Babysana in her hostel the state continues to remain engulfed in chaos. Several protests erupts demanding justice of the deceased Babysana and state wide bandh was also called twice by the JAC formed in connection with the death of Babysana.
Meanwhile, Manipur Students Federation expressed strong condemnation terming the act of police as atrocious. Speaking in a press meet held today at its office Working President of MSF Lucky Konsam condemned the atrocities done by the police to the agitators who protested democratically. He further added that they strongly condemned the direct firing of smoke bombs and tear gas shells to their office injuring 4 of their volunteers who were preparing for the mobilisation and organisation of the death anniversary of Chittaranjan.
Chingkheinganba has been a journalist for more than 4+ years and is popular among the team for his reporting style. In his spare time, he teaches kids from his locality. He and his parents reside in Singjamei Chingamakha Kshetri Leikai . He holds a Masters Degree in Mass Communication from Manipur University. Chingkheinganba is available via email at [email protected]
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