Student body urges truckers not to bring in non-locals into Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 17 | Publish Date: 4/17/2020 9:41:18 AM IST

A student body in Manipur warned transporters and truckers on Friday against bringing non-local people to Manipur while observing Realisation Day (Meekap Thokpa Numit), remembering students’ anti-migrant (go back foreigners) uprising in 1980.

All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU)’s warning came up in the backdrop of recent alleged attempt to bring in immigrants by some Imphal-bound trucks along NH-2 which was foiled by police at Mao of Senapati district bordering Nagaland.

AMSU president Peter Laishram asserted that the student body was unhappy with recent reports of truckers and transporters bringing in non-locals into the state by concealing them in their goods laden vehicles.

Keeping aside the legality, the transporters and truckers must be aware of the risk of the prevailing situation in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, he said.

Currently, issuance of ILP has been suspended by the state government as a part of its fight against spread of COVID-19 in the state, he said.

Peter said that AMSU acknowledged the role of the truckers and transporters in shipping essential commodities from outside the state in the prevailing critical situation. However, the student body will not tolerate if any of the truckers indulge in such act of bringing unknown non-locals who can be either COVID-19 positive or negative.

The truckers and transporters must not sideline the prevailing crucial situation for petty personal gains. They must think of the possible disasters for Manipuri society, Peter said.

Stepping up its preventive measures for spread of COVID-19, the state government had suspended issuance of Inner Line Permits as well as all inter-state passenger services ahead of the country-wide lockdown.

On April 16 and 17, 1980, two students were killed in firing by the police and security force in their efforts to control an uprising of the students demanding mechanism to regulate entry of migrants into the state.

The day that marked the beginning of demand for implementation of Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) has been observed as Realisation Day (Meekap Thokpa Numit) every year by All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU).

Unlike previous years, the observance this year was organised at a low scale in the backdrop of COVID-19 scare. Only few people turned up to offer floral tributes to the memorial site of the two students at Pishum Chinga in Imphal where the main observation function was also held.

Organisers said that they followed guidelines of WHO on COVID-19 while offering floral tribute as well as organising the function.


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