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AMSU anti-foreigner campaign to begin
Correspondent IMPHAL, APR 17:
Published on 17 Apr. 2009 10:50 PM IST
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Hundreds of students braved the rain to take part in the rally organized by the All Manipur Students Union (AMSU), the oldest students body in the state in remembrance of the two student leaders who sacrificed their life during the anti-foreigners agitation 29 years back on April 17. A campaign for the protection of indigenous people of Manipur would be organized by All Manipur Students` Union (AMSU) to mark the observation of the 29th Mitkap Thokpa Numit (Realisation Day) of the student body on Friday. The objective of the campaign is to spread awareness among the public on the need for enforcement of inner line permit system to check influx of foreigners in Manipur. The public meeting held at THAU ground Imphal also resolved to press the state government to implement the agreements reached with the AMSU in 1980 and 1994 for expulsion of outsiders from Manipur, with 1951 as the cut-off year. Speakers in the meeting expressed fear of controlling the economy and governance of the state by outsiders if the inflow of non-locals in the state continued to remain unchecked stating that inflow rate has been very high in the state. Speaking on the importance of the day, the speakers lamented that 30 percent of total heads of the state were non-locals coming from different parts of the country. Mikap Thokpa Numit is observed every year in memory of two student leaders, P Lukhoi and H Lokendro, who made the supreme sacrifice in the course of the anti-foreigners agitation in 1980 in Manipur. AMSU observed its 29th "Realization Day" with rich floral tributes and homage at the martyrs` site located at the Pishum Chinga Macha, Imphal. Students, womenfolk and public in their hundreds converged at the memorial site from early morning to pay tribute and homage to the martyrs.

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