Imphal, June 23,
Manipur based students’ body – Socialist Students’ Union of Manipur SSUM), which is also a member of the All India Council of Students’ Struggle (AICSS) denounced the rampant detention of students and human rights activist in Tamil Nada and Telangana terming it as a policy to eliminate peoples’ movement by the present government.
Talking to Imphal Times here in Imphal, Bhushan Longjam , Co-convenor of SSUM, said that five social activists – Surendra Gadling , a Nagpur based advocate who is also the general Secretary of Indian Association of People’s Lawyers, Professor Shoma Sen, Head of department of English (Nagpur University), Sudhir Dhawale, Editor of Mumbai based publication Vidrohi, Rona Wilson , Public Relation Secretary of the Committee for Release of Political Prisoners and Mahesh Raut, Anti-displacement activist, Bharat Jan Andolan and Former Felloe at Prime Minister’s Rural Development (PMRD) has already irked the common people. Earlier too this regime had tried to suppress the voice of the deprive people by arresting Prof. G.N. Saibaba , whose body is 90% disabled. The arbitrary arrest of the Indian activists has been brought to the notice of the European Parliamentary Committee, and the committee has been intimating the government for the release time and again. The United Nations too has been keeping a close vigil to the recent development.
It was amidst such arbitrary detention that President of the Tamil Nadu based Students’ Body –Students’ Uprising Movement for Social Welfare (SUMS) Valarmathi was arrested with another villager from Salem Village located at the outskirt of Chennai identified as Ayakutampatti were arrested on Tuesday, the 19th June , 2018 for voicing against the construction of the Green Express Highway. SUMS (Tamil Nadu) is also an associate component of the AICSS.
SSUM convenor Bhusan Longjam said, “Comrade Valarmathi along with his team has been protesting against the construction of the eight lanes 277.3 kilometer Green Express Highway which stretch from Chennai to Salem Village. In the name of development, construction of the super high way will not only devastated the environment but also will shattered the livelihood of Thousands of peasants who have been depending their source of income in the area”.
“On charge of voicing against government policy the two have been detained under draconian act popularly called ‘GOONDA ACT’, Bhasan said.
Above this a 6 students members of the All India Council of Students’ Struggle (AICSS) who represent from the Democratic Students Union (DSU) Telangana – including its state president Kanchala Badri, Executive Member –Rajnath were put into custody for their voice against the “Privatization of Education”, SSUM Co-Convenor Bhusan added while condemning the charge sheet framed against them under the Indian Penal Code.
As per the Manipur Students’ Leader all the arrested students’ activist have been frame charged under draconian law UAPA, Explosive Act and PSA , which is in way relevant to the democratic protest.
The New culture of arrest or detention of any activists who voice against the government policy or programme is becoming a natural phenomenon after the coming of fascist regime. Similar problem is also a major issue is also faced by the students of Manipur.
Bhusan said, “We know the devastation carried out by the Loktak Hydro Electrical Project, the ruined of the environment due the construction of the Ithai Barrage and now the displacement of many villagers due to the construction of the Mega Dam – Thoubal Multi Purpose Dam”. Here in the state too instead of listening to the voice of the students and other human rights activists , almost all activist now received threat intimidation – either directly or indirectly , Bhusan added.