The bandh supporters, according to sources, vandalised three buses hired by the delegates of YMA Lamka branch who were heading for Nahlon village to attend YMA’s Annual Conference at Phougakchou around noon today.
One of the drivers of the buses that was stopped from proceeding further was beaten by bandh supporters as well, said the source.
Hours later, a group of women bandh supporters and another group of women clashed at Torbung village, drawing the intervention of State forces.
As the groups that clashed failed to disperse even after the arrival of several police officers, the police reportedly resorted to firing tear gas shells to forcefully disperse them.
At least three people who were injured by tear gas shells were brought to the district hospital, Churachand-pur. Others were taken to PHC Moirang said a source but failed to confirm the figure and their identities.
The three who are undergoing treatment at the district hospital have been identified as Veinei, 50 of T Mongjang village; Niengkhochiin, 61 of N Zalenphai; and Lunminlal, 28 of V Kholmun.
It may be recalled here that the JAC Against Naming of Thangjing as Thangting has been imposing an ‘unlimited’ bandh along Tiddim road since Sunday causing immense hardship to the people of Churachandpur.
Meanwhile, the Zomi Students’ Federation has strongly condemned the attack on the YMA delegates who were on their way to attend the YMA Annual Conference at Nahlon village. Such kind of attack will not bring harmony between the valley and hill people but will only lead to misunderstanding, it said and urged the agitators to withdraw the bandh on Tiddim road for peaceful co-existence among the different communities in Manipur.