Guwahati/Imphal, Feb 4 (IANS) At least seven Manipur Police trainees undergoing training at the Lachit Borphukan Police Academy in Assam’s Golaghat district were injured in a clash between cadets from two ethnic groups , police said Sunday.
Police said that of the seven injured, three were admitted to the Jorhat Medical College and the remaining four were discharged after treatment.
The seven trainees of the Manipur Police, who belonged to different ethnic groups, engaged in verbal abuse over some trivial matter during the dinner hour on Saturday night and this snowballed into a physical fight. Trainees from other northeastern states intervened and dispersed the two warring groups, a police official said.
Three senior police officials of Assam and Manipur have visited the academy on Sunday and warned the students.
Assam Director General of Police GP Singh stated to X, “Reference brawl at Dergaon Assam Police Academy between Manipur youth trainees: They have been informed in no uncertain terms to follow instructions and the protocols of the training institute, from drill to discipline to decorum. There would be no room for deviation from the principles that guide training at our Academy. Any aberrant behavior would be corrected with harsh measures of training”.
“……there was a fight between the Manipur trainees at the Lachit Barphukan Police Academy over the distribution of dinner. Now the matter is settled. The Range IGP and DIG Training are with the boys “, added.
Manipur Police sources said senior IPS officer M. Pradip Singh also reached the academy to take stock of the situation.
“Manipur Police is monitoring the matter in real time and the situation is under control,” the source said.
Manipur police trainees are trained in Assam police training academies. Last month, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh met his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma in Guwahati and discussed the training of new recruits of the state police.
Sarma had said, “Since there is no environment for training police battalions in Manipur, one battalion from Manipur will be trained at Dergaon. The Chief Minister of Manipur has requested me for the battalion training. It was a purely official and non-political discussion.”
There are four training institutions in Assam, all located at Dergaon, Golaghat to train the Assam Police personnel.
A senior Manipur official said the state was unable to provide training after the ethnic strife that erupted in the state on May 3 last year. There was new recruitment in the state police, but they were not given training facilities because the state was fighting an ethnic conflict.