Imphal, Jan 27,
It is at times of critical condition that the people know the true nature of a government, whether it stands with the people or with the few who have accumulated so much power and are ready to unleash violence through brutal force at situations they deem fit said Vice President of MSAD Makakmayum Furkan.
In a joint statement by Manipur Students Association Delhi, Reformist Students’ Federation (RSF), Socialist Students’ Union of Manipur (SSUM), All Manipur Muslim Students’ Organisation (AMMSO) and All Meitei-Pangal Students’ Union of Manipur (AMPSUM) said that they have been in a state-wide campaign for the last few weeks against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (CAB) that was passed on India’s Lok Sabha on 8th of January. It further added that the Bill is specifically designed in Delhi so as to push the native population of the entire “North-East” to the edge of annihilation; socially, politically, economically and culturally at all.
It can be mention that in the early morning of 25th of this month Amarjit Ningthouja, the General Secretary of Reformist Students’ Federation was picked up from his house at Khangabok, Thoubal district, by the state police force.
The statement further said that it was clear from their critical observation from the last few years that, if “fake encounter” was the hobby of the Okram Ibobi led Congress government, “Go to” festivals and arresting civilians and students activists have become the hobbies of the Nongthombam Biren led BJP/RSS Hindu fascist government of Manipur.
The state government should stop fooling around giving empty and unfounded statement to the public and focus on the real issue at hand, it added. And it also said that their voices cannot be slaughtered through intimidation and use of armed police forces.
The joint statement further demanded the unconditional release of students’ leader Amarjit Ningthouja. It added that the arresting of students because of the movements to save the indigenous clearly shows the violation of democratic rights of the people.
The government both the central and the state, are in inextricable collaboration to enslave the indigenous people, it added.
The five students’ bodies further said that they were all prepared for more intense agitations. And it further said that they are going to organize a bike rally against the contentious CAB tomorrow and to give more awareness to the people of the land.
The joint statement finally appealed the people to participate and support the Bike-Rally.
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