Former president of MSAD arrested, allegedly slapped with seditionIMPHAL | Feb 15
Manipur Student’s Association Delhi (MSAD) advisor, Thokchom Veewon, has been allegedly arrested by a joint team of Delhi and Manipur police this evening from his rented room, in Delhi.
It is learnt that, Thokchom, who was also the former president of the association, was vocal against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019. His arrest has sparked lots of criticism and has gone viral in social media.
According to a reliable source, he was arrested by a team of Delhi police and Manipur police in civies around 5:15 pm. The team did not produce any arrest warrant and had no proper ID proof to arrest the student leader, said the source. The police team also reportedly seized his phone and laptop.
Veewon Thokchom is currently kept at Janakpuri police station till the time of filing this report.
An unconfirmed source, said that the student leader is charged with sedition (under Section 124 (A) IPC), and that he has been subjected to torture by the police.
A senior police officer of Imphal East district has confirmed that FIR was lodged against the MSAD advisor on February 12 for his facebook post allegedly orchestrating “right to self determination” as the only solution for the people during the height of agitation over Citizenship Amendment Bill in the state.
The same day, it has been informed a team of Lamlai police station had approached his family members at Lamlai and carried out a search at his residence. The team also reportedly threatened his family members to advise Veewon from getting involved in issues not related to his studies.
Condemnations from student leaders, CVOs have poured in from different angles against the arrest of the MSAD advisor.
President of Pan Meetei Convention, Nabashyam Heigrujam, in a press statement termed the arrest by the Biren-led BJP government illegal, demanded the immediate and unconditional release Veewon.
It said even if VeeWon had expressed his opinion not be in consonance with the wishes of the establishment, he cannot be arrested without warrant. “This is no less than abduction,” the release said.
This action has made the students community apprehensive and restless in the pursuit of their studies or else in debating the many issues that confronts the Northeast as expected from the student’s community in the NCR region.
Education requires free exchange of ideas without any fear even if it questions the establishment and the Delhi/Manipur government should understand this, the release added.
The right to question established rules and laws are the essence of democracy, it added.
President of SSUM, S. Yaima Meitei in a press conference held today at its office located at Kwakeithel, Imphal West condemned police threat to a student and asked the concerned authority that a legitimate reason for his arrest should be given. “Veewon must be released immediately from police custody without any condition, failing which intense agitation would be launched” he said.
Youth Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) also condemned the arrest of student leader who has been preparing for his examination in Delhi.
In a release by YFPHR president, Kh. Phajaton said, “The ongoing trend and the turmoil brewed up on the issue of Citizen (Amendment) Bill in the North East part of India should not be visualized from a political affront but be understood from the apprehension and phobia faced by communities whose identity as the indigenes of a region are under threat.”
The establishment as a public institution should be under obligatory intent to atleast understand as to why the disruption has been caused and for what reason instead of relating the woes and worries of the community to an act/feeling of hatred or disloyalty and by reason of which the establishments need to ponder so to deliberately consider the movement of discontent of the community.
The YFPHR also appealed to the government not to misuse the rule of law in the interest of their proceedings.
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