CAB: Student leaders arrested in Mnp

CAB:  Student leaders arrested in Mnp
A group of women and students attempting to storm CM Bungalow is being blocked by police in Imphal on Thursday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 12 | Publish Date: 12/12/2019 11:48:20 AM IST

Police in Manipur on Thursday foiled a bid of protesters comprising students and members of different women based CSOs to storm the chief minister’s secretariat.

The protestors were demanding the immediate unconditional release of student leaders who were currently in the police custody in connection to the anti-CAB movement in the state.

As many as 11 leaders of All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) and other student bodies were arrested by the police during the NESO sponsored anti-CAB total shutdown in the entire northeast region on the evening of December 10. The protestors who targeted the chief minister’s secretariat were prevented from proceeding further in front of Imphal police station, only few meters short of the chief minister’s secretariat.

Police officers from nearby Imphal West district police headquarters who arrived at the spot convinced protesters to meet the SP of the district but they (protestors) insisted to allow them  to meet  the chief minister.

Meanwhile, students of colleges in Manipur today also joined in the chorus demanding unconditional release of student leaders arrested by the police during anti-CAB movement.

Demanding immediate unconditional release of the student leaders, students of colleges under DM University, Imphal set a 24-hour deadline to the state government on Thursday.

DM University is a cluster university of five colleges occupying common, adjoining or neighbouring physical spaces within Imphal.

Addressing a press conference at university campus on Thursday, general secretary Kh Anjali of GP Women College Students’ Union warned that if their demand was not considered , the students of the five colleges will launch intense forms of agitations together  with the students of other colleges.

The ongoing semester exams will also be boycotted as part of the agitations with students of other colleges under Manipur University, she threatened. 

Police are currently searching for some leaders of the student bodies by frequently visiting their homes and harassing family members to produce them, she alleged, and demanded that police must stop such acts immediately.

Justifying the anti-CAB movement being launched by NESO across the Northeast states, the general secretary questioned whether the implementation of ILP system in the state will able to protect the indigenous populace of the region.

She said if the state government thinks arresting and harassing student leaders will supress the anti-CAB movement, it is a wrong notion of the government.

“It will be impossible on the part of the government to suppress the movement (anti-CAB) by threatening and harassing student leaders. Instead, it will be adding fuel to fire,” she warned.

She strongly protested against keeping the students in the police custody after registering cases under various sections of different Acts.

If the state government fails to release the arrested students without any condition within the given 24-hour deadline,  students were ready to launch various forms of intense agitations, she declared.

Any untoward consequences arising out of students’ agitations will be the sole responsibility of the government, she added.

AMSU had already served ultimatum to the state authority to release its leaders within 24-hour, which would end  by Thursday night.

While setting the deadline, the oldest student body of the state alleged that the police crackdown against its leaders started soon after they declared to go ahead with the anti-CAB shutdown even though Centre announced bringing Manipur under ILP regime.

The union alleged that police arrested AMSU joint secretary (administration) Yumkhaibam Bijando, AMSU Jiribam district vice-president Sagolsem Ranajit and AMSU member Sinam Bode on the night of December 9, hours ahead of commencement of the total shutdown on December 10.

More leaders were arrested on the  day of the shutdown, they alleged while terming the arrest unfortunate and  further demanded release of arrested leaders within 24 hours.

AMSU president in-charge Athouba had warned of intense agitation if the arrested members are not released unconditionally within 24 hours. 

Unless the government releases the arrested members, AMSU might even repeat the 1980 protest of boycotting the upcoming HSLC examination, he had said. 

Mention may be made that all the arrested student leaders were in the police custody where they were remanded by local courts where police produced them on Wednesday.


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