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Several injured after students’ protest rally in Imphal turns ugly

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IMPHAL, Sept 27: Several students were injured on Wednesday
after security forces fired several rounds of tear gas shells to
disperse a stone-pelting mob in Imphal’s Moirangkhom, about
200 metres from the CM’s secretariat.

The students were partipating in a rally which started from Hau
grounds of the state capital protesting the kidnapping and
killing of two youths, who went missing in July and whose
photographs went viral on social media recently.
The students, raising slogans of “we want justice”, were
heading towards the chief minister Biren N Singh’s bungalow,
officials said.
Lanthengba, a student leader leading the rally told reporters,
“We demand that the killers of the two students be arrested
within 24 hours and their bodies be recovered for their last
rites. We also want to meet the chief minister to address our
grievances. How can we continue with our studies when our
friends and classmates are being murdered in cold blood.”
Police tried to cool down tempers by announcing that
“arrangements are being made to allow student
representatives to meet both the chief minister and the
governor.”
However, the situation suddenly turned ugly and some
students started pelting stones prompting the security forces
including RAF personnel to fire several rounds of tear gas shells
to disperse them, officials said.
This comes a day after a clash between RAF personnel and
locals left 45 protesters, mostly students, injured. (PTI)

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