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Police disrupt students’ rally in Imphal
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 6:
Published on 7 Jul. 2009 12:29 AM IST
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Students of colleges across the four valley districts of Manipur boycotted class for the day in solidarity to the demand of un-conditional release of five students detained under National Security Act (NSA). Five student volunteers of Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) and All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) were arrested by the police in connection with murder of former Dean of Students Welfare, Manipur University on May 25 last, inside the MU campus in broad daylight which was later owned up by the banned KYKL outfit. The students are in police custody after the government detained them under NSA. Meanwhile, verification to the detention order of the district magistrate regarding the five students started on Monday by Advisory Board on NSA. The board would confirm the detention of NSA of five students with reference to the ground of detention under NSA. Decrying the detention of the student leaders and demanding unconditional release of the students, DESAM has been spearheading various forms of agitation with series of sit-in protest in various schools located across the four valley districts. Students of some schools under the aegis of DESAM on Monday converged at Lamlong High School campus in Imphal east to carry out a protest rally targeting the state Assembly campus where the session has been going on. When the students were about to start the rally, police rushed to the spot and dispersed them. However, the students did not put up any resistance as they were not prepared before police arrived there. Reports from the districts said apart from boycotting classes, all activities related with education in the colleges were also suspended for the day. The president alleged that government was targeting students since they could not counter with militants and has detained the students in connection with the murder of the professor despite the responsibility claimed by a militant outfit.

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