Clash between students and police in Mizoram

Aizawl: At least eight persons were injured in a clash between agitating students and policemen in front of the office of the Persons with Disabilities (PwD) Commissioner B Sairengpuii on Thursday afternoon.
Aizawl district Superintendent of Police Lalhuliana Fanai said the students, who were protesting against the appointment of Sairengpuii as PwD Commissioner, were trying to enter the office and the police had to use lathis and resorted to tear gas to disperse them.
“After the police dispersed them, the students regrouped and began pelting stones at policemen compelling them to use force against them,” he said, adding that the regrouped students continued to surround the office even as police continued their vigil. Police said eight persons, including six policemen, were injured in the clash.
Student leaders said that though a number of students were injured in the clash, two were taken to hospital. Mizo Students’ Union, Aizawl City College Joint Students Union and Mizoram Blind Society have been protesting against the appointment and extension of service of Sairengpuii and the PwD Commissioner.
They alleged that Sairengpuii, retired state secretariat service officer and younger sister of Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla’s wife Lal Riliani, was appointed as the PwD Commissioner though she did not the requisite qualification. (PTI)

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