Rallies and sit-ins demanding swift justice for the murders of two students continue unabated in various parts of the valley in Manipur after the suspects involved in the murder were nabbed by the CBI.
A large number of students and people took out peace rallies in Porompat and Khurai area on Tuesday, demanding the authorities to resolve the conflict and mete out stringent legal punishments against the culprits involved swiftly.
Students of Modern College took out a peace rally starting from the college campus to Nongmeibung Nambram Chuthek, Imphal.
The students on their way back thronged the Imphal East DC office and submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner.
The memorandum demanded authorities to remove the Central forces camping at Modern College within three days, to put an end to the crisis, and to punish the culprits involved in the murder of Linthoinganbi and Hemanjit among others.
The students held several placards and raised various slogans demanding authorities to protect the territorial integrity of Manipur and resolve the crisis.
State forces escorted the entirety of the rally to prevent any untoward incidents.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines, Social and Cultural secretary of Modern College Students’ Union Ksh Lanleima Chanu demanded authorities drop their differences and ramp up the peace restoration process in Manipur.
She cautioned that the students would resort to a series of intense agitations if the bodies of the deceased students were not handed over within three days.
“We will not remain silent if authorities fail to deliver the bodies to their respective families within three days,” she said.
She also demanded the authorities to remove the central forces stationed at Modern College and other educational institutes within three days.
Their presence has seriously affected the academic atmosphere in the college indirectly triggering fear psychosis and anxiety among the students, she added.
She further highlighted that the students would submit the memorandum addressed to the chief minister via the Imphal East deputy commissioner and wished that authorities would swiftly resolve the plights and grievances of the students and the people.
Meanwhile, a large number of people in the Khurai area took out a mass silent protest rally from Youth Organisation Club, Khurai to Social Standard Club.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines, a protester questioned why the authorities were allowing the crisis to drag on even after five months.
“Several people staying at various relief camps have been struggling to survive for the last five months. But the authorities are silent to the sufferings and the plights of the people,” he said.
He urged authorities to end the suffering and put an end to the crisis swiftly by putting their political differences aside.
Heirok Meira paibi, students stage sit in protest
Heirok Part-I Heituppokpi Mamang Leikai Meira Paibi and students staged a sit in protest demanding punishment to the culprits involved in the alleged killing of Hijam Linthoingambi and Phijam Hemanjit by Kuki militants at Heirok Part-I Heituppokpi Mamang Leikai Community hall on Tuesday.
One student protestor said that Kuki Narco terrorists have greatly affected the state. She also condemned the Indian government for failing to stop the terrorist influx from Myanmar.
She questioned the government on the harsh actions of the security forces towards the students while protesting for justice for the deceased students. She also urged the rulers to resign from their posts on moral grounds for giving orders to the security forces that have harmed the students.
One Meira paibi also demanded capital punishment for the culprits and questioned the CM for failing to conclude the violence which had been five months. Various placards were displayed by the protestors.
(With Inputs from our Thoubal Correspondent)