Mass sit-in-protests were staged across the valley districts of Manipur on Sunday, demanding justice for two students who were allegedly killed by Kuki militants and to book the murderers immediately.
“We are not asking to take sides, we are not asking to listen to one side of the story but we are asking to see the reality that has been happening for the last five months in Manipur,” said one of the protestor at Sagolband Moirang Leirak, Imphal West along NH-37.
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During a protest staged at Sagolband Moirang Leirak Machin along NH-37 organised by Sagolband Apunba Lup (SALUP), one Teresa Devi Arambam, a protestor told media that with the arrival October, the prevailing turmoil will complete 5 months and the people continue to suffer.
She said Manipur is still burning, and mothers and people are not sleeping since the crisis erupted.
After the photographs of the two missing students surfaced on social media, people already guessed that both were mercilessly killed by suspected Kuki militants, she mentioned.
The people are asking to understand the present situation and take immediate action to find the bodies of the two students so that the bereaved families can perform their last rites, she added.
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The people of Manipur do not rest until a body is cremated after performing the last rites, she said. Since the two students went missing, their parents have not been sleeping. She urged the authorities concerned to handover the body to the bereaved family.
Protestors demonstrated with placards which read ‘we want justice’, ‘stop violence, stop war’, ‘justice delayed, justice denied’, ‘punish the narco-terrorists’, ‘punish the criminals’ and others.
Meanwhile, meira paibis of Langjing Achouba Makha Leikai also staged similar protests.
In many streets of the Imphal city, women protestors were seen staging sit-ins at their respective localities, even women market vendors of Singjamei demonstrated the protests.
On Saturday, six student bodies appealed to the people to demonstrate various forms of democratic protest including human chain protest and others for justice of the two students on Sunday.