Cops resort to tear gas shells, mock bombs to disperse peaceful agitators opposing Citizenship (Amendment) Bill at iconic all-women Ima Keithel market; lady constable also hurt
Imphal: Protests by women vendors at the iconic Ima Keithel market in Manipur's capital city Imphal took an ugly turn on Sunday evening after police resorted to tear gas shells and mock bombs to disperse the crowds. Six people, including five women protestors, were injured in the alleged police action.
The agitators had been camping at the market to register their protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, since Saturday. A lady constable also sustained injuries after she accidentally fell into a ditch, said sources.
As per reports, the protest turned violent around 6 pm on Sunday when the women protesters started marching towards the main road from the market despite security barricades. It was then that policemen used tear gas shells and mock bombs to control the protestors.
The injured protesters were rushed to the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences in Imphal, said sources.
Meanwhile, the People Alliance Manipur (PAM) has called a 36-hour total shutdown in the state from 5 am on Monday.