Cop among 4 hurt in Ukl clash over ‘land dispute’

Cop among 4 hurt in Ukl clash over ‘land dispute’

TMB Report

Imphal: Four persons including one police personnel have been reportedly injured when a violent clash erupted between the Hunphun locals and Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) in Ukhrul district on Friday.

As per a police source, one of the police personnel stationed at the site was injured on his head when the locals pelted stones at them. Three locals also suffered from minor injuries from the tear gas used by the force to control the mob.

The incident happened around 11:30 AM when an irate mob stormed the TNL office in the district headquarters and vandalized the office of the apex body of Tangkhul community and destroyed the office related documents completely.

The situation went out of control despite the security forces deployed at the site firing several rounds of tear gas and smoke bombs to disperse the mob, it said.

The source further added that despite the district authority announcing prohibitory orders under Section 144 in the district; TNL held a meeting at the office, prompting the fuming mob to storm the office.

On Thursday evening, District Magistrate Joseph Pauline Kamson issued an order imposing sub-section 2 of section 144 CrPC, 1973 with immediate effect until further orders in Ukhrul District Headquarters

There is a likelihood of breach of law and order tranquility and damage of public properties in connection with issues related to land dispute between TNL and Hunphun village, said DC Kamson while asking a requisition for additional service of armed forces to DIG, 10 Sector Assam Rifles, Somsai.

The situation was brought under control after an additional force was called in; however, tension continued to run high in the hill district headquarters, the sources said.

It may be noted that TNL and Hunphun residents are reportedly having a land ownership dispute pertaining to Ukhrul Higher Secondary School, one of the oldest educational institutions in the district.

Earlier, another tension erupted in the hill town when TNL tried to take up border pillar erection over the disputed land of UHSS which according to Hunphun frontal organisations is under court injunction.

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