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Left wing students including SSUM decry police excess to student activists

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Imphal, Nov 20,

A statement by a group of left wing students  expressed strong condemnation to the arrest of student activists from United Students’ Democratic Front (USDF), Kolkata by the police from Goaltore area of West Midnapur district of West Bengal.
A statement said, “We come to know from various media reports that 4 activists have been arrested by the police from Goaltore area of West Midnapur district during a mass movement. Among them two activists are student activists named Tipu Sultan and Arka Deep Goswami who are our beloved comrades from United Students’ Democratic Front (USDF), Kolkata”.
The statement jointly signed by  Bhushan Longjam, Secretary Gen., Socialist Students’ Union of Manipur (SSUM) K. Javed Mehedi, General Secretary, Manipur Students’ Association Delhi (MSAD) Ajaib, DSO, Punjab University, Patiala Swati, SFC, IIT-BHU, Prasanna, Chaitanya Mahila Sangam (CMS) Ajmal Khan, Aaghaz magazine Akshay, AIRSO Rohan, Ambedkar Bhagat Singh Study Circle (ABSC) Dinesh, Students’ Uprising Movement for Social Welfare (SUMS), Tamil Nadu Sreekanth, Student Youth Coordination Against Police-Brutality, Kerala. Radical Students’ Forum, Kerala Shelu Neupane, Office Secretary, All Nepal National Independent Students’ Union ( Revolutionary) Saeed Bilash, president Chatra Ganamanch, Bangladesh Atif Anik, President, National Committee Revolutionary Student-Youth Movement, Bangladesh Kara Lenina Taggaoa, National Spokesperson, League of Filipino Students said that even though police had arrested them on 12th of this month, they kept them illegally in their custody for 2 days and later were produced in the court on 14th of this month.
The student body also alleged the police to have tortured inhumanly while the two students were in custody.
As per media report Tipu Sultan has developed clots in his eyes because of severe torture by the police. A case have been registered against the arrested students leader at Goaltore PS Case No. – 220/18 dated 13.11.18 under Indian Penal Code Sections 121 (waging war against the state), 121A (conspiring to commit offence against the state), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 124A (sedition), and 149 (if an offence is committed by any member of an unlawful assembly, every other member shall be guilty of the offence). Actually, from a report from USDF, the truth is that they went for a survey on the lifestyles of the people after which 7 people died out of starvation at Jangalmahal, West Bengal a week ago (according to govt. reports).
“Students and democratic activists were arrested on false-fabricated charges from Jangalmahal on allegations of engaging in Maoist activities. It is actually in tandem with the crackdown on democratic voices that we are witnessing nationally. We, on behalf of Struggling Student organizations from various nations strongly condemn all of these illegal activities of the police authorities and demand strict action against the guilty. We all know that Supreme Court has clearly stated in its verdict that ‘guilt by association’ and ‘guilt by suspicion’ are not guilt at all  SSUM statement said and demand the withdrawal of all the false charges leveled against the 4 activists immediately and to release them unconditionally.

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