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Three cops hurt as agitators turn violent

By Correspondent

HAILAKANDI, Jan 29 - At least three policemen were injured when an agitated mob pelted stones over them in Panchgram area of Hailakandi district on Saturday. Two police vehicles and at least ten motor bikes were damaged in the violence.

According to reports, a large number of contractual employees and labourers from various trade unions blocked the NH 53 and railway track in Panchgram area for 12 hours from 5 am on Saturday, demanding the rejuvenation and starting of production in the Cachar Paper Mill (CPM) of Hindustan Paper Corporation (HPC). The police resorted to lathicharge to vacate the railway track for the Guwahati-Silchar passenger train. The police also fired several rounds in the air and burst tear gas shells and in retaliation, the agitators pelted stones. Some agitators were also injured.

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