JIRIBAM, September 6: Three students were injured while trying to block escorted vehicles of the Coastal Construction Company involved in the construction of rail line at Kashimpur bazar this morning.
Two vehicles of the company were also destroyed during the ensuing scuffle between the blockade supporters and escort team.
The injured students are identified as Piyarul Haque, 13 son of Farij uddin of Kashimpur, Bahrul Islam, 13 son of Jafrul uddin of Ahmadabad and Rahmana Begum, 10 daughter of Anam uddin of Ahmadabad.
Later the students were rushed to the Community Health Centre Jiribam for their urgent treatment.
The dismantled vehicles are two Bolero DI Turbo of the company bearing registration number MN 06L – 4590 and MN 05A – 2974.
Locals had called an indefinite blockade along the Kashimpur to Leishabithol road after the authorities failed to look into their demand to repair the road.
The blockade had started since midnight of September 5, with residents including students coming out to execute the road block. Around 11.30 am, two vehicles of the Coastal Construction Company escorted by a team of the 5 Manipur Rifles tried to pass through Leishabithol and move towards Kashimpur Bazar.
Sources said the blockade supporters attacked the vehicles resulting in a scuffle between them and the security personnel escorting the vehicles during which the three students including a 10 year old girl were injured.
Sources also said that the escort party had blank fired in a bid to control the students.
Meanwhile, following the injuries the All Manipur Students’ Union, District Committee, Jiribam, All Jiribam Bengali Students Union, and the Muslim Students’ Organisation have decided to support the ongoing agitation of the local students.
President of the Jiribam unit of the AMSU Y Sanjiv Singh, president MSO, Manipur Unit Md Salman Khurshid AJBSU general secretary MM Hasan have also condemned the action of the security personnel and demanded the authorities concern to look into the demand of the locals and the students at the earliest.