Imphal, Dec 13,
Surprising the government, large number of people mostly women and students stage torch rally at various part of the valley districts of the state on the evening of Nupi Lan Observance Day. Imphal Times received report about such rally being staged at Imphal West district, Imphal East District, Thoubal district, Kakching district and Bishnupur district. The mass torch rally was organised by the Socialists’ Students’ Union of Manipur (SSUM) with various demand to the government.
As per the slogans of all the rally staged at various places the demand were similar. The demands includes includes decommissioning of Thai Barrage and Mapithel Dam, Legislation for complete prohibition of alcohol and drugs, settlement of Indo-Myanmar border dispute, immediate halt of all natural resources extraction from the soil of Manipur, Protection of the sacred Kangla, preservation and protection of indigenous rituals places, Shifting of Army camp from Manipur University campus , compensation for farmers who face drought, compensation for farmers of paddy field which have no irrigation channel and framing of a legislation for protection of the Indigenous people of the state.
General secretary of SSUM Bushan Longjam while talking to this reporter said that the mass rally was stage at 400 localities of 350 places at both urban and rural area.
“This is the second Meira rally held. The first was held on Nov. 22”, Bushan said.
The rally organised by SSUM yesterday evening was openly supported by the All Metei Pangal Students’ Union of Manipur (AMPSUM). The AMPSUM also organised the torch rally at various area of Lilong in Thoubal district with the same demand carrying banner with portrait of Hijam Irabot.