Imphal, Dec 9,
Manipur Students’ Association, Delhi (MSAD), in association with Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) organized candle light demonstration inside the Manipur University campus on Saturday evening.
MSAD had earlier gathered at Kangla Western Gate in Imphal to stage the candle light demonstration in protest against the detention of Wangkhem Kishorchand under NSA , but was force to vacate the place by the state police.
“The state government used all its power to curb and curtail our democratic right to peaceful assembly. There were dozens of armed police personnel deployed at the Kangla Gate, led by the Superintendent of Police of Imphal West district”, a MSAD spokesperson said.
“We decided not to cancel and instantly decided to shift the site of demonstration to Manipur University. We gathered in large number and carried on with our gathering. It was an utter shock to us that the government has become so intolerant and coward that they have disallowed any demonstration or gathering against them. This is the utmost reflection of how Indian administration operates in Manipur in weird ways”, the spokesperson added.
He added that the demonstration was a solidarity to the arbitrarily arrested journalist Wangkhemcha Wangthoi, and to all people who stand for justice and freedom.
“It was all a voice of resistance to the authoritarian BJP fascist government led by its CM Nongthombam Biren”, he added.
Volunteers of Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) and MSAD who were present in the candle light demonstration expressed strong condemnation to the media fraternity which remains silent on the government’s clampdown on any dissenting voice led by its union All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU).
“We extend our heartful regards to all the people who joined us, specially to Ranjita Elangbam, the spouse to Wangkhemcha Wangthoi, who is courageous enough in this fight for justice”, the MSAD statement said.
MSAD spokesperson said the student body will continue its protest demonstration by organizing a protest at Delhi on 16th of this month infront of Manipur Bhavan.
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