MLA Joykishan says he will not take part in I-Day celebrations unless arrested persons are releasedIMPHAL | Aug 12
MLA, Thangmeiband assembly constituency, Khumukcham Joykishan has announced that he will not take part in the 73rd Independence Day celebrations if government fails to release JAC and TUC members unconditionally by August 14.
Demanding justice for Babysana, Thangmeiband United Club (TUC) and Joint Action Committee against the Murder of Ningthoujam Babysana Chanu have been conducting joint agitations. On charges of disturbing peace with strikes and bandhs, at least 12 members of the two bodies were arrested by police.
Babysana was allegedly found hanging inside the dormitory of Standard Robarth Higher Secondary School, Canchipur on July 18.
Joykishan said people who agitate seeking justice of the girl have been arrested by suppressing their freedom of speech. Such act of government is disrespecting the Indian constitution, he said. However, though the country was given independence from the colonial rule of British, the citizens are oppressed by the government as if being ruled under a dictatorship in times of emergency, he added.
August 15 is celebrated as Independence Day across the country with joy and merriment, he said. The government is supposed to make the public happy by fulfilling the grievances but if people of Thangmeiband are kept behind bars, then there holds no meaning in taking part at the the celebration as an MLA of the state, said Joykishan.
He further said the bandh was imposed by locals of Thangmeiband including the JAC to get justice for Babysana. Decrying the police version of the incident which stated that the death points towards suicide, the local bodies including JAC intensified the agitation but the government did not bother at all to solve the case immediately, he continued.
The public support shown across the state shows that people are not satisfied with the ongoing investigation in connection with the case, Joykishan said.
If chief minister, N. Biren being a citizen of the country, respects Indian constitution and prepared to celebrate 73rd Independence Day, then he should remove the suffering of people at an instance. It will not be fruitful if the day is celebrated while the people are suffering, Joykishan stated.
As a representative of Thangmeiband assembly constituency, he has to make his people happy on the day, he said. If the arrested members of JAC and TUC are not released unconditionally by August 14, he will not take part in the celebration, he asserted.
State government must listen to the voice of people instead of doing any sort of activity on its vested interest while suppressing the freedom of the people, he added.
The present issue of Babysana has become an issue for the whole State, even BJP Thangmeiband unit have joined protest seeking justice for the girl. He expressed his appreciation to the BJP unit for supporting the issue and submitting memorandum to CM demanding to handover the case to CBI.
He condemned state police for not using women police personnel while attempting to control the recent agitation though women police station has been established in the State. “The movement cannot be suppressed with tear gas and police force, government must fulfil the demands immediately by handing over the case to CBI for justice of Babysana,” he added.
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