FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
IMPHAL, Aug 7: At least 53 people including women were seriously wounded in a police crack down during the pro-Inner Line Permit agitations in Manipur on Friday. The injured have been admitted to Regiol Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal for treatment. It has been learnt that some of the protestors were admitted also admitted in other government and private hospitals.
It may be mentioned that, since the killing of Sapam Robinhood during police firing, the government had shut down all educatiol institutes in the valley areas. The government issued an order to reopen the schools from August 3. However, on that particular day several students tried to storm the office of the education minister Moirangthem Okendra raising slogans for Robinhood and said that while the dead body of Robinhood is in the morgue they cannot sit and study.
But on August 3 too, the police crushed the protest with an iron hand, which prompted the students’ wing of the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System to call a 46 hour general strike, which later turned hostile injuring more than 50 people
Meanwhile on Thursday, no newspapers hit the stand in Manipur as the press went on strike the previous day after pro-ILP protestors restricted their way and abused them using unparliamentary words.
On Friday too, women activists forcibly closed the Kendriya Vidyalaya at Lamphel in Imphal stating that the ILP issue is a people’s issue and that the school should not open.