IMPHAL- Altogether 17 people were injured in clashes as the Army and RAF personnel fired tear gas shells at Kangvai and Phougakchao area in Bishnupur district on Thursday, officials said.
The district magistrates of Imphal East and Imphal West also withdrew curfew relaxations earlier announced, imposing the restrictions during the day on top of night curfew throughout the Imphal valley.
The clashes broke out after a large group of locals, belonging predominantly to women of the Meitei community, attempted to move towards Churanchandpur from Bishnupur and were stopped by the security forces in order to preserve law and order in the area.
The march was organised after a Tribal organisation of the Kukis had announced that it would bury some of those who had died, in the violence, near the area. The burial was deferred after the Court ordered restraint from both communities.
The security personnel of Assam Rifles, Border Security Force and Rapid Action Force personnel were present at the spot, to prevent the situation from going out of control.
A large number of women were then seen trying to cross the barricades which were put in place by the forces. As the crowd attempted to break the barriers and tried to pelt stones at the secuirty forces, the forces responded with tear gas shelling. The crowd was then brought under control and dispersed from the area.
Curfew relaxation in both Imphal East and Imphal West districts have been withdrawn with immediate effect until further orders, official sources said.
Imphal East district magistrate Khumanthem Diana Devi on Thursday stated that the curfew relaxation from 5 am to 8 pm on August 3, has been cancelled with immediate effect.