Manipur: Over 50 students injured in clash with security forces in Imphal

The demonstators were protesting the death of two studetns suspected to have been killed by Kuki militants.

Manipur: Over 50 students injured in clash with security forces in Imphal

Over 50 students were injured in Imphal on Wednesday during a clash between security forces and Meitei students as protests against the killing of two Meitei students spread across the Imphal valley. Many students were severely injured.

As of 5.50 pm, sounds of smoke bombs could be heard even as a curfew was imposed in both Imphal West and Imphal East districts.

The students – Hijam Linthoingambi (17) and Phijam Hemjit (20) – are suspected to have been killed by Kuki militants, according to the Imphal Police. Their last location was traced to a tourist spot in the Churachandpur district on July 6.

Over 40 students were injured in protests on Tuesday with videos showing security forces resorting to baton charging and firing tear gas shells to disperse them.

Hours after the violence, the Manipur government reimposed the ban on internet services for the next five days.

On Wednesday, over 1,000 students from various city colleges and schools started a “peace march” seeking justice and punishment for the killing of the duo from the city’s Haoground Singjamei area around 11.30 am. When the rally was 2 km away from the chief minister’s bungalow, security forces intervened and fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.

The protesting students wanted Chief Minister N Biren Singh...

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