Cassettes seized
Source: The Sangai Express / Addie Chiphang

Ukhrul, July 21: Thousands of Manipuri audio/vidual cassettes and CDs were confiscated by persons suspected to be volunteers of All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM) in past two/three days at Ukhrul Town.

The activists seized the items in the Town in broad day light and in the presence of security personnel manning the Town area.

Sources informed that may CD retailers/libraries were imposed fine ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 1000 even though no receipt were issued inspite of reported plea by the shop owners/retailers.

In addition to the seizure drive confusion and uncertainties gripping the Town pertains to inconveniences being ensured by candidates set to appear for the compartmental examination of Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BSEM) as tuition centres ceased functioning and teaching/coaching of BSEM prescribed syllabus completely banned in the district.

A reliable source informed that teachers involved in teaching BSEM syllabus for class-X and old course students were intimated by the ANSAM activists to cease their activities.

It is pertinent to mention that issue of NBSE and BSEM prescribed syllabi had triggered violent agitation in the hill districts of Manipur including the recent burning down of Government schools in three hill districts to which ANSAM had justified the arson saying “It was a thing waiting to happen”.

Justifying the arson as part of the ongoing non-cooperation movement against the state government, ANSAM is relentlessly launching various mode of agitation in pursuit of its agenda for affiliation of hill district schools to the Nagaland Board.

The student body has been alleging the Manipur government of imposing language and script of the majority community and distorting Naga history, threatening their very existence and forcibly assimilating the tribals, culturally, linguistically and historical-ly into the dominant community’s domain.