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Demonstrating students confront police in Mnp

Demonstrating students confront police in Mnp
Protesting students clash with police in Imphal on Monday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, FEB 22 | Publish Date: 2/22/2021 11:39:42 AM IST

Over 15 protestors were rushed to hospitals in Imphal as several students were injured in clashes with police during protests demanding resumption of normal classes in government colleges in Manipur.

Classes in government colleges in the state remain cancelled since teachers launched indefinite class boycott stir as a part of their ongoing cease work strike demanding implementation of 7th UCG Pay and Regulations.

Angered by the non-conduct of the classes for days, students of various colleges, particularly in Imphal areas, have been pressing the state government to ensure normal conduct of classes.

When their demand was not addressed, a large number of students from various government colleges came out near their respective colleges and demonstrated on the streets.

Students of some colleges affiliated to Dhanamanjuri University (DMU) converged themselves at the DM College campus and staged a protest shouting slogans.

When the students attempted to march towards the state Assembly complex where the budget session was in progress, a strong police team armed with riot gears rushed to the spot and blocked them from carrying out the demonstration.

When the students tried to carry out the demonstration forcibly, the police baton charged them. When some of the demonstrators pelted stones towards them, the police used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.

Several students were injured in the clash. Many of them were rushed to nearby hospitals.

Around the same time, another group of students from Manipur College came out on the street near their college campus at Singjamei and carried out another demonstration on the street.

As the students continued to demonstrate despite repeated warning, another police team who rushed to the spot baton charged them apart from firing tear gas shells to disperse them.

In the melee, at least several students sustained injuries. Among them eight were admitted to various hospitals.

Denouncing the police brutality towards the students, All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) threatened to launch intense form of agitation if the state government ensured resumption of normal class in the colleges immediately.

AMSU human resources secretary Bruce Pebam said that the student body did not take the excessive action meted out by the police to the students on peaceful demonstrations lightly.

He claimed that the students were carrying out peaceful demonstrations demanding their right to education.

“AMSU will not remain silent. We will be compelled to launch intense form of agitations if the state government does not ensure conduct of normal classes immediately,” he said. He further demanded action against the police who meted out excessive force towards the students.

At the same time, the student leader appealed to the teachers to change their course of agitations and not to disturb the academic atmosphere while continuing their agitations.

He said that AMSU and the students’ community were in favour of the teachers’ demand.

On the other hand, the striking teachers of government colleges reaffirmed to continue their agitations until and unless their demands were addressed by the state government.

The teachers under the aegis of Federation of Government College Teachers’ Association (FEGOCTA) have been demanding implementation of 7th UGC Pay and Regulations, 2018 which the state government had already agreed.

College teachers want orders not assurances, said FEGOCTA in a statement, reaffirming its stand not to withdraw its strike until government issues orders affecting the national policy of the UCG.

 

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