AMSU sets 24-hr deadline to release arrested members
IMPHAL, 11th Dec: Urging the state government to understand the anti-CAB protests raging in many of the north-eastern states despite being protected by 6th Schedule and ILP System, AMSU president in-charge Laishram Athouba cautioned the government at the Centre against playing with the sentiment of the people.
In a video message, Laishram Athouba said that the union welcomes the extension of ILP System in the state but one should discuss the modalities of protecting the indigenous population of the state before celebrating the extension.
Northeast states, which have already constitutional protection under 6th Schedule and ILPS, are protesting against the Bill and the government should think over the reason for such protests. People of the state fought for long in pursuance of the demand for re-introduction ILPS with sacrifice of several precious souls but the Centre did nothing to fulfil the demand. However, when the Centre wants to implement the Bill, they are implementing the regulation. One should examine the reason for such unprecedented accession and think if Centre is playing the game of chess by sacrificing the pawns to win the queen, he said. On the other hand, the state police arrested 11 members of AMSU in relation with the northeast wide shutdown called by NESO. When AMSU declared its stand to continue with the NE shutdown in the evening of December 9, police arrested AMSU joint secretary (administration) Yumkhaibam Bijando, AMSU Jiribam district vice-president Sagolsem Ranajit and AMSU member Sinam Bode on the same night, Athouba pointed out.
On Tuesday, Jiribam police arrested AMSU Jiribam district advisor Yurembam Sanjib, president W Dimocha, general secretary Th Thanil, HRD secretary M Bishal and member Toni Ng. On the same day, Lamlai police arrested AMSU Imphal East district joint secretary Khumbongmayum Chaorel and AMSU Lamlai branch president Moirangthem Dikson. Later, in the night, AMSU HRD secretary Bruce Pebam was also arrested by police. Terming the arrest as unfortunate, he warned of launching intense protest if the arrested union members are not released unconditionally within 24 hours. Unless the government releases the arrested members, AMSU might even repeat the 1980 protest of boycotting the upcoming HSLC examination, he said. Mention may be made her that Singjamei police picked up MUSU finance secretary Kenezia along with eight AMSU volunteers from near MU gate on Tuesday night. However, they were released later in the late night.
Meanwhile, six volunteers of AMSU and one Manipuri Students’ Federation (MSF) leader who were arrested in connection with total shutdown called by NESO have been remanded to police/judicial custody after all of them were produced before different courts Wednesday.
AMSU HRD secretary Bruce Pebam, arrested from Kwakeithel area by a team of Imphal West district police, was produced before duty magistrate, Imphal West and the court remanded him to police custody till December 13. Our Jiribam correspondent reported that all the six student leaders including five of AMSU Jiribam district committee and one of MSF Jiribam unit arrested by police Tuesday in connection with NESO strike have been remanded to 14 days judicial custody after all of them were produced before JMIC Jiribam Wednesday.
The five AMSU activists along with MSF Jiribam district committee general secretary A Ratan were produced before JMIC Jiribam court which sent them to 14 days judicial custody.
All of them raised slogans against CAB and pledged support to NESO stir while emerging out of the court premises.
AMSU joint secretary (administration) Yumkhaibam Bijando, AMSU Jiribam unit vice president Sagolsem Ranajit and volunteer Sinam Bobe arrested by police from AMSU headquarters office on December 9 evening have already been sent to police custody till December 13.