STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 5th May:
Three volunteers of Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) were arrested by the police near Old Secretariat after the volunteers tried to storm the office of Education Minister Th Radheshyam here on Saturday
Later, a press meet was held at the office of KSA at Sega Road where KSA vice-president Sukham Bidyananda appealed to the government to release the three students within 24 hours without any condition.
The arrested students have been identified as Leishangkhong Fazal, general secretary of KSA Imphal East District Council; Wairokpam Jeet, president of KSA Thoubal District Council; and Bikenjit Yanglem, Social and Culture secretary of Ram Lal Paul School.
Bidyananda said that on July 21, 2017 Manipur Public Service Commission (MPSC) issued a notification for recruitment of 25 principals for some colleges of the state. As per the notification, a candidate must be a permanent resident of the state to fulfill the eligibility criteria.
However, in the list of successful candidates that was announced on November 9, 2017, one Dr Gopal Chandra from Howarh District, West Bengal but presently residing at Paona Bazar was selected and given the post of Principal of NG College, he remarked.
Decrying the selection of a non-Manipuri candidate against the criteria set by MPSC, Bidyananda recounted that KSA had been organising various forms of agitations since last year.
KSA had even staged a sit-in-protest in front of MPSC on November 9 last year and raised slogans calling for rectification of the matter, he added.
On Saturday too, the vice president said that KSA volunteers rallied together to meet the education minister so as bring about a definite resolution on the issue. However, due to impudent behaviour of Manipur Police, disagreements broke out between the police and KSA volunteers, following which the three student volunteers were arrested, he conveyed.
Condemning their arrest, Bidyananda urged for immediate release of the three students within 24 hours, while stating that the state government needs to forego the thought that KSA would stop agitating if its volunteers were arrested.