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Protests erupt
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 22 2023: Taking strong exception to the re-arrest of a village defence volunteer from Singjamei Makha Sorokhaibam Leikai, large numbers of people staged strong protests at Keishamthong, Kwakeithel, Singjamei, Kakwa and Porompat.

On learning about the re-arrest of the village defence volunteer, a large number of people started blocking Tidim Road by burning tyres in the middle of the road between Keishamthong Top Leirak and Kwakeithel at around 8 pm.

Soon after, a police team led by an Additional SP came to the scene and asked the people to go back to their homes using a PA system.



Protests erupt
Protests erupt


As the people continued to block the road demanding release of the man from Singjamei Makha Sorokhaibam Leikai, police resorted to firing numerous rounds of tear gas shells and mock bombs.

As the large number of people gathered at Keishamthong were driven away by police, protests continued in the Kwakeithel area.

Police again fired several rounds of tear gas shells and drove away the crowd.

Large crowds started blocking Imphal-Moreh highway at around 8.30 pm at Singjamei parking, Singjamei Mayengbam Leikai, Waikhom Leikai, Kakwa and Naorem Leikai.

There too, police resorted to the similar tactic of firing several rounds of tear gas shells and mock bombs.

A strong protest erupted at Porompat too where police fired tear gas shells as well as rubber bullets.

Sounds of firing tear gas shells and mock bombs can be heard at these places till the time of filing this report.

Notably, large crowds of people including womenfolk marched to Singjamei police station, Porompat police station, Irilbung police station and Lamlai police station yesterday afternoon demanding release of the five village defence volunteers arrested from Kongba.

But they were met by volleys of tear gas shells, mock bombs and rubber bullets which resulted in injuries to over 50 people.


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