STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 20th Nov:
A large number of students and AMSU volunteers led by its president Manjit Sarangthem and vice president Laishram Peter stormed the Chief Minister’s Bungalow demanding appointment order of Ngasepam Pikeshwor Singh, who has been recruited by MPSC as deputy director of Tribal Research Institute (TRI) on Monday.
Earlier, a sit-in protest was staged at Keishampat Lairembi community hall by students of various higher secondary schools and colleges demanding justice to Ngasepam Pikeshwor Singh.
After the sit-in, the agitating students and volunteers of AMSU marched till the gate of the CM's Bungalow. Soon after, there was a scuffle between the agitators and the Manipur police personnel led by Imphal West SP Themthing Ngashangva, who chased the agitated students from the area. Afterward, the president and vice president of AMSU were allowed to meet the chief minister and submit a memorandum highlighting their demands.
Among others, the memorandum demanded allotment of appointment order to Ngasepam Pikeshor Singh as TRI deputy director as recommended by MPSC in the interest of the student community and to take up action against those involved in illegally appointing another person in place of Pikeshwor.
Speaking to media persons after handing over the memorandum to the chief minister, AMSU president Manjit Sarangthem said that the chief minister was not present when they went in to submit the memorandum.
However, the memorandum was accepted by the officials of CM secretariat.
He said that what is most disheartening at this moment is that the chief minister and his government are remaining totally ignorant about the TRI issue which is an issue of the student’s community. Moreover, officials of the CM secretariat curtly told the AMSU representatives that the CM would not be available till November 24 as the President of India is visiting the state.
While informing that the agitation will continue until the demands are not fulfilled, he said, “We will see how long the government can remains silent. The government should not wait for the students to take up more intense agitations. The government would be held responsible for any untoward incident arising out of the issue.”