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SSUM condemn arrest of their colleague under Draconian Laws

IT News
Imphal, Jan, 2,

Students Union of Manipur (SSUM) expressed strong condemnation to the arrest of their comrades from CMS (Chaitanya Mahila Sangam) and Bhavani from ABMS (Amarula Badhumitrula Sangam) under the Draconian Law, UAPA.

A statement signed by Bushan Longjam said  that on December 22, 2018, Annapoorna and Anusha CMS (Chaitanya Mahila Sangam) and Bhavani from ABMS (Amarula Badhumitrula Sangam) were kidnapped from their house in Hyderabad during the night hours. For almost 30 hours, their details were not disclosed to the family members and were produced on 23-12-2018 before the judge. After that, they were sent to Visakhapatnam Central Jail under the draconian law UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act). The police have cooked the story that they have been caught in a forest area of Visakhapatnam agency and were armed. Not only them, the State forces also included four other comrades from Chaitanya Mahila Sangam (CMS) viz., Devandra, Rajeswari, Swapna and Lakshmi Prasanna in the same FIR along with few other comrades from different organizations. Their activities were all charged as URBAN NAXALS.
Recently, Chaitanya Mahila Sangam (CMS) has actively helped the TITLI Cyclone affected victims. For which the police have booked cases and jailed them and later booked all the comrades in a Bind Over Case. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana government are rampantly misusing UAPA act by booking cases on the democratic peoples movement activists. Chaitanya Mahila Sangam (CMS) has also very actively campaigned with a slogan to question the electoral representatives coming for votes in Telangana.
Since 3 years, Andhra Pradesh government is doing propaganda by branding Chaitanya Mahila Sangam (CMS) as a Maoist frontal organization.  The state has pasted posters in the name of VIDYARTHI CHAITANYA SANGAM (an organization meant for improving the consciousness among students). This is a state sponsored organization, which has used the photos of our Chaitanya Mahila Sangam (CMS) comrades active in the local areas and the terminology used in the poster is that, the CMS comrades come to the colleges and they recruit the innocent students into Maoist party.
Chaitanya Mahila Sangam (CMS) is a 23 year old organization working for the upliftment and liberation of women. It also has been fighting against all forms of violence against women. But it has been facing many forms of repression . To suppress the speaking voices of Chaitanya Mahila Sangam (CMS), the state has charged them as URBAN NAXALS. So, Socialist Students Union of Manipur (SSUM) condemns this fascist act of the Andhra Pradesh government and we demand the immediate release of them unconditionally.

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.

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