ITI students go on rampage, torch cars, furniture

STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 9th Nov: Irate students of Industrial Training Institute (ITI) Takyel damaged properties of the institute and set ablaze some furniture and two old cars kept for practical class of Motor Mechanic course.

The students have been demanding the government to appoint regular principal as well as provide proper tools and equipment for various courses offered in the institute and repair other infrastructure. Labour and employment minister Th Radheshyam had assured necessary steps for fulfilling their demands but failed to take up any concrete steps so far.

Thursday’s agitation forced the Principal Secretary of labour and employment PK Singh to visit the institute and issue an appointment order of a regular principal. He also enquired about demands of the students and assured to fulfil them within short notice.

Decrying the apathy of the government, the students burnt an ambassador car and an old Fiat car, which were reportedly lying unused in the Motor Mechanic section, along with some faulty furniture near the gate.

The torched ambassador car was said to be among the first batch of the ambassador cars made in India.

Officer in-charge of Lamphel police station, who rushed to the institute on receiving news about the students’ riot, failed to subdue the agitation. The angry students even snatched hose of fire fighters and stopped them from putting out the fire, which completely burnt the cars and furniture.

Later, additional police force including women police went there under the supervision of Imphal West additional SP (L&O) Laishram Priyadarshini and controlled the situation.

Student leader Parker Lourembam told media persons that they have been demanding the government to repair the building of the institute, which was damaged during the January 4, 2016 earthquake. They are also demanding the authority to provide proper and adequate tools and equipment for conducting practical classes.

Toilet of the institute is in an unhygienic state and the few infrastructure they have are outdated, he said. He further informed that the ITI is also facing various problems as the approach road is often flooded during rainy season. Moreover, the students are using water from a pond inside the campus for their practical classes, he added. 

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