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VDF personnel mutiny while demanding for their rights

IMPHAL | Jul 28 : About 4000 Village Defence Force (VDF) personnel of 16 districts mutinied today by marching rally towards chief minister bungalow demanding on various points including increment of monthly honorarium.

Today at around 2 pm the VDF personnel gathered near Imphal International Airport and marched a silent rally towards chief minister bungalow. The personnel demanded to give appropriate monthly honorarium from time to time, to make their service secured and to give 13 month pay.

The silent rally was organised by All Manipur VDF Welfare Association.

When the rally reached in front of Tiddim ground, police personnel blocked the rally. After some negotiation, there was confrontation between VDF and police personnel in front of Tiddim ground. VDF personnel breached the police personnel and ran towards Keishampat Junction to reach chief minister bungalow.

To control the incident, police fired tear gas shells, rubber bullets and mock bomb towards VDF personnel when they reached Kwakeithel bazaar. VDF personnel also pelted stones towards police personnel. During the incident one of the VDF personnel snatched the service hand gun with two loaded magazine including a police radio set from the police commando.

The rally was blocked at Kwakeithel Bazaar, and police selected 10 VDF representatives to meet deputy general of police, L.M. Khaute.

At around 4 pm, VDF personnel returned the service hand gun with loaded magazine including the radio set.

During the incident at least 12 VDF personnel were injured including one police personnel and one police gypsy was damaged.


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