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4 cops hurt in clashes with students in Imphal

IMPHAL:Four policemen were Friday injured when students demanding withdrawal of an FIR case pelted stones at police team in Imphal.

Police recently lodged an FIR case against students protesting mass teacher transfer of some government schools in Imphal. 

Demanding withdrawal of the FIR case, students of various higher secondary schools in Imphal Friday protested on the street in front of their respective schools.

Protests at Keishampat, Uripok and Khwairambandh Keithel areas were dispersed by the police without much effort. However, protest by students of Johnston Higher Secondary School turned violent after the students pelted stones when police tried to prevent the students from agitating on the streets. Police had to resort to tear gas shelling after three policemen were hit by stones. 

The students continued to protest on the streets in Imphal even as Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh had in the house of ongoing state Assembly on Thursday clarified that the FIR was lodged not for arrest of students but to enquire over the matter. 

Recently, state education department issued an order affecting mass reallocation of posting of teachers of various higher secondary schools. Government had said that it was part of government transfer and posting policy.

State principal secretary (education) Vineet Joshi had clarified that the transfers were carried out in the interest of the students. The transfer was affected after proper assessment based on the student’s strength and vacancy of the schools, he added. 

However, students alleged that the transfer of teachers was untimely as it was done during the middle of academic session.

Meanwhile, students of DM College of Arts, Imphal also staged a protest against the decision of the college authority inviting application for admission of more students after admission of first semester has already been completed. The students who came out on the streets to register their protest were blocked by the police resulting in a clash.

Several students sustained minor injuries in the clash. A policeman was also injured in the melee.

Later, talking to media persons, leader of the agitating students, L Nonglemba said that the decision of the college authority to enroll more students was unacceptable. He said that around 1000 students had already been admitted and the classes have commenced almost a month ago.

Nonglemba also said that the students have been facing lots of inconveniences due to inadequate numbers of benches and desks in classrooms. Concern departments should answer for failing to meet the needs of the students and the college, he insisted.

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