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TSA stands firm to intensify stir until demands are fulfilled

KANGPOKPI | Jul 6 : Going ahead with indefinite statewide bandh, few group of tribal student’s organisation including TSA, RSO-NEI, LNKR-AMN and SSPP-GHQ continued to sustain bandh along national highways.

In National Highway-2 along Imphal-Dimapur road, the bandh was enforced by Thadou Students’ Organisation Sadar Hills and Rongmei Naga Students’ Organisation which completely halt the movement of inter-state and state passenger buses. It also closed down business establishments at Kanglatongbi, Motbung and Sapormeina since morning at around 6 am while at Kangpokpi district, closure of business establishment began at around 1 pm in the afternoon while local traffic movement were partially affected by the bandh.

At Kanglatongbi suspected bandh volunteers were seen sending back inter-state passengers buses from Kanglatongbi bazaar while suspected TSA bandh volunteers were seen burning tyres at Gamgiphai, Motbung, between Leikop and Sapormeina, Keithelmanbi and Kangpokpi.

However, after Kangpokpi police dispersed the bandh volunteers and the road was opened from Gamgiphai to Kangpokpi for private vehicles, wingers and some trucks but business establishments remained closed for the day.

Earlier, several bandh, strikes and blockade called were witnessed from various organisations in Kangpokpi but none could go ahead with the invitation and negotiation on the part of the state government but the indefinite statewide bandh spearheaded by the joint tribal student’s group including TSA, RSO-NEI, LNKR-AMN and SSPP-GHQ surprisingly set off this morning at around 6 am which interrupted the normal life in the district.

Speaking to media persons this afternoon at Kangpokpi, general secretary of TSA Sadar Hills, Thangtinlen Haokip said, “we are compelled to go ahead with the indefinite statewide bandh as the state government has failed to fulfil its promises and remained deaf regarding our charters of demands.”

While recalling the demands of the student’s bodies, Thangtinlen said that the points of demands included immediate issuance of notification for recruitment of lecturers for Tribal Language (MIL) subjects, incorporation of 10 percent weightage for B.Ed degree holders in the recruitment of lecturers as per guidelines of NCTE, 2014. It also included for incorporation of recommendation from their respective tribe-based literature society in the recruitment of lecturers for Tribal Language (MIL) subjects, immediate restoration of normalcy in the functioning of Manipur University and to constitute a high level independent inquiry commission so as to solve the frequent serious problems in the university in the last decade, he added.

Thangtinlen further appealed the people of Manipur to understand the sentiments of the tribal students in depriving their rights and rather cooperate and render support to the joint tribal student’s bodies in its movement to achieve its demands.

He also urged the people of Kangpokpi in particular and all other concerned to obey and respect the movement of the joint tribal students’ bodies by not resorting to any activities against the movement of the students’ bodies.

Till filing of this report, there are no reports of any unwanted incidents in Kangpokpi and there has been no report of any vehicles stranded in connection with the bandh.


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