Imphal witness spate of protests

Imphal witness spate of protests
Students burn effigies during a protest in Imphal on Tuesday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 17 | Publish Date: 7/18/2018 12:30:53 AM IST
Following spate of protests in Imphal on Tuesday, authorities of Manipur government have imposed restrictions to gathering of people at some important places in Imphal with immediate effect.
Imphal city witnessed a series of protests by various organizations and political parties Tuesday. 
While students under the aegis of the Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) staged demonstration against excessive meted out by the police, members of Extra-judicial Execution Victim Families Association Manipur (EEVFAM) stormed the CBI office in Imphal demanding speedy justice in infamous Sanijt-Rabina killing case.
Opposition Congress carried out a motor-cycle rally on the streets in Imphal demanding BJP-led coalition government to resolve four crucial issues including the crisis in the Manipur University while Communist Party of India (CPI) Manipur State Council staged a demonstration against selling fertilizers at higher prices to farmers.
In separate orders issued by the district magistrates of Imphal East and Imphal West, authorities have prohibited gathering of five or more people in front of Imphal Raj Bhavan, chief minister’s secretariat complex, and places and streets leading to the official residences of the two VIPs.
The district magistrates further deputed duty magistrates in these prohibited places while directing the state police department to detail additional police force in these areas until further orders, an official source said.
The prohibitory orders issued under section 144 of CrPC came up close to the heel of a spate of protests, particularly from the students’ bodies in these areas Tuesday and 48-hour state wide bandh call given by the agitating Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU).
The bandh call was given to protest police action against students protesting in front of Raj Bhavan and BJP office. Various student bodies, civil society organizations have extended their supports to the bandh-call due to begin Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, as many as 12 more students sustained injuries as police continued its crackdown against the students agitating under the aegis of the Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM).
Angered by police action against students, students led by DESAM volunteers demonstrated in front of the Western Gate of Kangla Fort. 
The slogan shouting students also burnt effigies of Union HRD minister Prakash Javedkar, state chief minister N Biren Singh and Manipur University VC Prof AP Pandey despite warning by police.
When police started cane-charging, a scuffle broke out inflicting minor injuries to some students which need no medical attention, 
Irate over the police action, the students proceeded towards chief minister bungalow where police once again cane-charged them as they attempted to storm the bungalow. In the scuffle, at least 12 students including a girl sustained injuries and was rushed to different hospitals in Imphal.
Meanwhile, members of EEVFAM Tuesday stormed the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) in Imphal’s Lamphelpat. The members were demanding speedy justice to the infamous July 23, 2009 broad daylight fake encounter at Khwairamband Bazar in which a pregnant housewife Th Rabina and a former insurgent Ch Sanjit were killed by state police commando personnel.

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