Student hurt as street protest begins, normal traffic hit
IMPHAL, 6th Feb: At least one student suffered injuries during confrontation between protesters and police on Wednesday as people from different walks of life responded to the ‘on road’ sit-in protest call given by Manipur People Against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 (MANPAC) and blocked the roads in different parts of the state.
MANPAC announced its indefinite on-road sit-in protest on Tuesday while appealing to the people of the state to participate in the protest. In response to the call, large number of protesters staged sit-in protests along Tiddim Road including Keishampat Thiyam Leikai, Hodam Leirak, Kwakeithel traffic point, Heinoukhongnembi, Thokchom Leikai, Malom Tuliyaima Awang Leikai & Mayai Leikai, Sangaiprou Mamang Leikai, Kwakeithel Thounaojam Leikai, Kwakeithel Takhellambam Leikai, Sega Road Thouda Bhabok Leikai. Normal traffic was affected largely during the protest.
In the evening at about 5, protesters at Keishampat Hodam Leirak area took out a march towards Kwakeithel while shouting slogans against CAB. Protesters along the road also joined the march and continued the rally towards Keishmpat side. Police tried to stop them at Hodam Leirak area resulting in a tussle between the protesters and police. In order to control the protesters, police fired tear gas shells and smoke bombs while the protesters pelted stones towards the police.
In the confrontation, a student of Imphal College was hurt when a tear gas shell exploded near his feet.
On the other hand, students of Nongpok Maheikol, Brahmapur Aribam Leikai staged protest in the form of human chain along the road. Students of RK Sanatombi Vidyalaya also staged sit-in protest in front of the school’s gate at Pangei. Students and teachers of Hindi Teachers Training Centre and Hindi Teachers Training Institute also staged protest in front of the institute’s gate.
At the same time, Meira Paibi organisations and clubs of different localities along Uripok-Kangchup Road including Uripok Canteen Leirak, Yambem Leikai, Achom Leikai and Lamboi Khongnangkhong staged sit-in protests by blocking half of the road.
Participating in the protest held at Lamboi Khongnangkhong, MANPAC core committee member Jeetendra Ningomba said that Centre has been trying to suppress the indigenous communities of the state by introducing various policies including drug warfare and AFSPA, which had killed more than 1500 innocent people. Today, the NDA government is bringing up CAB to wipe out the indigenous population of the region and people of the state should stand united against the policy, he said.
Similar protests were also conducted along Hatta Minuthong Road in Imphal East district.
Meetei Pangal Women's Development and Welfare Association Jiribam also staged a sit-in protest against CAB at Babupara, Jiribam. Students of Eastern Star Higher Secondary School Khangabok formed human chain demanding withdrawal of CAB. The students also took out a march up to Khangabok Keithel. Anjuman Ishla-e Muasarah also organised sit-in protest against CAB at Lilong Keithel.