Violence spikes in Manipur yet again, several injured as protesters clash with cops
Manipur Violence: Protesters clashed with police in parts of Manipur valley yet again, including in the state capital Imphal. According to reports, batons and tear gas shells were used, and many individuals were injured.
The situation began to deteriorate with the September 16 arrest of five men donning security force uniforms and possessing sophisticated weapons.
It sparked significant protests and demonstrations across the valley. Locals enforced a 48-hour lockdown in the Valley on Tuesday, demanding the unconditional release of the detained men. The unofficial strike began on Monday.
Women demonstrators marched to police stations in five valley district areas this afternoon, demanding the unconditional release of the detainees. If not, they demanded that they be arrested as well.
Angry protestors clashed with police and other security forces in various locations. Finally, the police used batons and tear gas to disperse the crowd. Many people are said to have sustained injuries in the incident.
Outside the Sinjamei police station, there were conflicts between the mob and the police, who used tear gas shells. Three persons were injured and taken to the hospital.
Given the rapidly deteriorating situation, the state administration has revoked curfew relaxation orders and restored prohibitory orders banning large gatherings.
Since early May, Manipur has been in the grip of ethnic conflict, with over 150 people killed.
- With inputs from agencies