JAC supporters storm Irilbung PS, seven hurt in police action

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IMPHAL, November 5: At least nine persons including two plice personnel were injured when a mob tried to storm the Irilbung Police Station in protest against the alleged killing of Md Hajmat alias Babu of Keirao Makting Awang Leikai, who was thrashed to death by a mob over the alleged charges of stealing a calf on November 2 early morning.

According to Md Rajauddin who is the convener of the JAC formed in connection with the alleged killing of Md Hajmat, the incident took place today evening when several supporters of the JAC tried to storm Irilbung Police Station demanding arrest of the main accused in the killing, identified as Md Amu, 40 son of Md Nahapabi.

He said that supporters of the JAC blocked the Imphal-Yairipok Road from 5 am to 5 pm in condemnation of the failure of the police to arrest the main accused despite repeated request made.

The irate JAC supporters marched towards the police station and smashed its sign board.

A check post in front of the police station was also damaged by the mob.

In their bid to control the protestors, police personnel fired tear gas shells and rubber bullets indiscriminately towards the protestors, the JAC convener said.

He also said that additional police force was called in to disperse the protestors who resorted to pelting stones towards the police injuring two personnel.

He claimed that seven supporters of the JAC were arrested by the police while another seven sustained injuries in the police action.

Saying that the seven injured are undergoing treatment at Public Hospital at Hatta, he cautioned that the JAC is all set to launch intense form of agitation if the seven arrested persons are not released at the earliest.

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