Intensifying their protest against the proposed government attempt to conduct land survey at Yaithibi Loukol in Manipur’s Kakching district, the agitators torched a police booth and a motorcycle. Villagers of Sora and its adjoining villages were agitating against land survey for demarcation of the boundary acquired by the state government since Thursday. Continuing the agitation, the villagers on Friday came out on the road along the Imphal-Moreh section of NH-102 and blocked movement of all kinds of vehicles.
Police personnel armed with riot gears rushed to the spot and resorted to firing several rounds of tear gas shells and mock bombs in their bid to reopen the highway for free movement of vehicles.
When the police were about to take control of the situation, more villagers joined the agitation and torched a police booth near a local police outpost and a motorcycle. Some agitators reportedly sustained minor injuries.
Despite the hectic efforts of the police, normal traffic along the highway remained blocked for the day, forcing almost all kinds of vehicles stranded midway.
The land at YaithibiLoukol were acquired by the government for the construction of the permanent campus of the National Sports University which was later shifted to Imphal West district. However, according to report, the state government is planning to develop a mega food park to the acquired land amid the strong demand for returning the lands to the respective owners by the villagers.