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Woman hurt during police action to lift Manipur blockade

By The Assam Tribune

IMPHAL, March 14 - A 42-year-old woman was injured after she was hit by a tear gas shell canister when the police tried to disperse a mob which had blocked the arterial Imphal-Jiribam National Highway in Senapati district, a police official said today.

The blockade, put yesterday by the Joint Action Committee (JAC), was continuing today.

JAC Members converged at Namthanjang in Senapati district yesterday blocking movement of goods trucks carrying essential supplies for the land-locked State, the official said.

Police used teargas shells to enforce a passage for the trucks coming from Jiribam side of western Manipur, he said.

The injured woman, Hoikim Hokip, was rushed to RIIMS hospital and is reportedly out of danger.

The blockade along the National Highway was put to protest against the arrest recently of three Church functionaries of the village by security personnel, the chairman of JAC T Kamei said. � PTI

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