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Students demonstrate, urge release of MU teachers and students

IMPHAL | Oct 3 : In continuation of their agitation against the deployment of large number security forces inside the premises of Manipur University hundreds of students took to street today at Tiddim road, spearheaded by six students’ organisations of the state.

Students from about 10 different schools along Tiddim Road took part in the protest demonstration. They formed human chain along the western side of the road, shouting slogans against the heavy-handedness of the state security forces and demanded for immediate release of the arrested faculty members and students of the university.

Speaking to the media persons on behalf of the six students’ bodies, Suraj Khangembam reiterated the demand of immediate release of the arrested teachers and students of MU without any charges.

Suraj also asserted that the enquiry over the charges of AP Pandey must be completed timely so as to end the impasse in the university. He also demanded that the security deployed inside the campus must be removed at the earliest to bring normalcy. If the demands are not made agitation of six students’ bodies will continue, he cautioned.

It may be recalled that the state police along with paramilitary personnel raided at 5 boys’ hostels during the intervening night of September 20 and 21 of the university and arrested nine students along with six teachers.

Since then students of the university have been agitating for immediate release of those arrested.

Spearheading the agitation six students’ bodies namely All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Democratic Students’ Alliance Manipur (DESAM), Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA), Manipur Students’ Federation (MSF), Students’ Union of Kangleipak (SUK) and Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Sinpanglup (AIMS) imposed a 48-hour general strike across the state staring from the mid-night of September 26.

As precautionary measures taken by the state government nine members of the six students’ bodies were arrested by the police before the general strike was initiated from two different locations on September 25 night. An advisor of SUK

Earlier the Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) had earlier maintained that the state government’s attempt to hold talks with the university community would not bring solution until and unless all the arrested students and teachers are released without any condition.

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