Spontaneous protest against CAA in Manipur

Spontaneous protest against CAA in Manipur
People of different works of life staging anti-CAA protest in Imphal on Sunday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 15 | Publish Date: 12/15/2019 12:09:22 PM IST

Though CSO sponsored anti-CAB protest has almost died down in Manipur, people continue to stage protest against CAA in Imphal.

Without involvement of any CSOs , likeminded people of different works of life spontaneously converged in front of Western Gate of Kangla fort in Imphal on Sunday and staged anti-CAA protest there.

The protest started on Saturday when around 20 people from different walks of life staged a silent protest in solidarity to the cause of people of Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya fighting against CAA.

As the similar protest continued on Sunday, number of people joined and marched a peaceful demonstration on the streets in the heart of Imphal city.

Many a people on the streets left behind their works and joined the demonstration that snaked through the streets near the Ima Keithel (all-women) market and stopped in front of Cheirap Court Complex where they staged protest there again.

Police and security forces remained vigilant during the whole protest.  Before the march,  people observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect to the departed souls who had sacrificed their lives for the cause of the indigenous people during anti -CAB protest at Assam and Tripura in the last few days.

The protest staged yesterday was only by around 30 individuals, mostly filmmakers, journalists, students support anti-CAB movement.

On Sunday, around 100 individuals from different walks of life like entrepreneurs, film makers, photographers, journalists, businessmen, teachers, etc. joined the protest.

Another anti-CAA silent protest was also staged at Singjamei Bazar in Imphal were body builders took part. The protest was also staged at the individual level and not related to any CSO, the protestors said.

Meanwhile, students leaders from Jiribam district were arrested by the police on Sunday during anti-Cab protest. They were later released and given a rousing welcome when they arrived at the district headquarters.

Seven student leaders from Jiribam were among 11 leaders of All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) arrested by police on the eve and on the day of Northeast-wide bandh imposed by NESO on December 10 in protest against CAB.

All of them were released on Friday, the day AMSU and unions of students of various colleges set as deadline for their release without any conditions.

After receiving them, students along with the women took out a rally till AMSU Jiribam office.

While opposing CAA, the released student leaders declared their support to the cause of people of Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya who were struggling for withdraw the A

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