ILP rally ends in chaos


IMPHAL, July 22: Students continue to step out of their classrooms on to the streets protesting the government’s silence on the demand for implementation of the Inner Line Permit in the State.

A large number of students from Churachand Higher Secondary School (CC) and the International Modernised Academy (IMA) came out and took out a mass rally which ended in a violent scuffle with the police.

A student received head injuries and was rushed to JNIMS.

Around noon today, a large group of students converged at Palace Compound and started to march along the New Checkon-Hatta Golapati road holding placards and shouting slogans, when they were intercepted by a heavy police presence at New Checkon.

The police in their bid to block the marching students resorted to lathi charging and firing tear gas shells which were replied back by the students throwing stones.

Later, speaking to the media, Wahengbam Anand general secretary, CC Higher Secondary School said that the police could have control the situation peacefully instead of using violent means.

“Until the demand is fulfilled, we will continue the agitation and closed down all schools from July 23 onwards,” he added.

Several students received minor injuries but one of the students Y Prabin, from Keishampat, class XI, Arts student was injured on his head and had to be taken to JNIMS, he said.

The police later pacified the students and escorted them to their respective schools, however, another brief tussle was witnessed at the CC Higher Secondary School, after the students started burning wood and pelting stones at the police.

The students were then, locked inside their school campus till about 3.30 pm, however, they continued to throw stones.

The principal unable to bear the violence, asked the police to allow the students to go home, which was turned down, which prompted the principal to contact the higher officials and the students were allowed to move out of their school.


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