BISHNUPUR, September 18: Reacting against an alleged assault of some students of Moirang Multipurpose Higher Secondary School on September 17 by a group from Moirang, a sit in protest was staged today at Kwakta Bazar.
The students and locals participating in the protest also took out a rally demanding punishment of the culprits and resignation of the school principal charging that the incident occurred inside the school premises.
The rally was taken along the Tiddim Road from Kwakta Bazar and returned to the bazar area.
Sources informed that yesterday after the second class of the day, a group in civilian dress led by a person identified as Ajit came to the school to meet a candidate of the school students’ union election.
Ajit and his group stopped a group of students coming towards the urinal and started asking questions, and when the group of students failed to properly reply to his questions, the group slapped one of the students, informed a source.
Later Ajit and his group were seen enjoying a Vishwakarma puja celebration at Moirang Lamkhai bus parking.
Meanwhile, the group of students returned at Moirang Lamkhai in an auto while some of their family members came in a car and fought with Ajit and his group, sources said.
By-standers who tried to intervene were also injured in the fight, Moirang OC S Surjaboro told media persons.
On the other hand, a JAC formed at Kwakta in connection with the incident said after the incident near the school urinal, the group of students had gone inside their class, however, Ajit and his group came back in an inebriated manner and shouted that they are waiting for the students.
The JAC also alleged that the group had assaulted several students at Moirang Okshongbung near Citizen Club resulting in many of them being hospitalised at Churachandpur District Hospital.
One of the injured was later referred to Shija hospital, the JAC said.
The JAC has demanded that the school should be closed down until an amicable solution is brought to the incident, the government should bear the medical expenses of the injured and the school election should be postponed.
Unless the demands are met by September 22, the JAC will launch severe forms of agitations from September 23, the JAC warned.
Meanwhile, Moirang OC Sujaboro also said that four persons of whom three turned out to be minors have been picked up by the police.