Justice for Sanaton Athokpam: Manipur student body demands probe committee to bring out facts

The members of Democratic Students’ Union of Manipur (DESAM), joined the movement for justice to Sanaton Athokpam's death and carried out a protest demonstration on Friday in Imphal.


DESAM hold demonstration demanding justice for Sanaton Athokpam (Photo: IFP)

In support of demand for justice to Sanaton Athokpam, who was allegedly found death by hanging at RIMS hostel, volunteers of Democratic Students’ Union of Manipur (DESAM) staged a protest demonstration in Imphal on Friday.

Friday's agitation taken up by DESAM at Kwakeithel traffic junction is the first agitation taken up by a student body based in Manipur, demanding justice for Sanaton, who was a student of RIMS.

Many questions were raised by different sections of the people over the students bodies of Manipur remaining silent over the death of Sanaton under suspicious circumstances.

The protesters held placards which read, “Sanaton Misi, We want justice,” “Injustice Anywhere = Threat to Justice Everywhere,” “Achumba wayel puthok u (Bring justice to the case),” “Justice delayed is justice denied,” among others. “Sanaton misigi achumba wayel puthokadabani (Bring out the facts about Sanaton's death)” and “We want justice” slogans were also shouted by the protesters.   

The protest lasted for around 15 minutes before police intervened and led the protesters towards the head office of DESAM which is located near Kwakeithel junction.

It is unfortunate that the government is unable to find the facts regarding the death of an MBBS student at RIMS hostel under suspicious circumstances, though a month had passed since the incident took place, DESAM secretary general Leishangthem Lamyanba told mediapersons.

Asserting that, “Injustice is a threat to justice,” Lamyanba asked the government to bring out the facts regarding Sanaton's death at the earliest and deliver justice to Sanaton to prove that the rule of law.

Further, demanding to disclose the white paper of the magisterial inquiry committee report to clear the doubts of the public, Lamyanba also cautioned taking up different forms of agitation if the government delay in delivering justice to late Sanaton.

On Thursday, the father of Sanaton through the media sought the support of the public in delivering justice for his deceased son after losing hope that the magisterial inquiry team will find the facts of the death case.

Sanaton was found hanging on March 15 morning inside his room in RIMS hostel, Imphal in a suspicious manner. Locals clubs and meira paibis of Khurai under the aegis of “Justice for Sanaton Athokpam” have been conducting different forms of agitation since the last three-four weeks, demanding justice for Sanaton.

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First Published:April 16, 2021, 5:55 p.m.

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