Students ready to fight communal forces
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 30: To counter the ANSAM-sponsored economic blockade along the National Highways and the move allegedly being made by the Government of India to ignite communal clashes among the people of the North Eastern States and particularly in Manipur, AMSU, MSF and DESAM have jointly announced that they would launch various form of agitations with effect from August 1.Speaking to media persons at the office of DESAM at Keishampat here this afternoon, leaders of the three student bodies said the decision has been taken in view of the problem being faced by the people following imposition of the economic blockade for over 40 days now and the divisive policy adopted by the Government of India with a view to abet communal clashes among the people.

Elaborating on the nature of the agitations to be taken up, the student leaders informed that from August 1 to 3 all the students from the Primary to the University level will hold sit-in-protest demonstration in front of their respective schools from 10 am to 4 pm.

The student bodies also appealed to the local Meira Paibis, representatives of the NGOs, local clubs and organisations to carry forward the agitation initiated by the students on August 5.The student leaders also announced that a mass rally of all the students in Manipur would be taken out on August 11 at Imphal followed by boycott of all the Government offices from August 12 if India Government and the Manipur Government do not bring about an amicable solution to end the ongoing economic blockade within August 10.To denounce the discriminatory attitude of the India Government towards the people of the North Eastern States, Independence Day which is to be observed on August 15 will be boycotted and students will stay away from participating in any of the programmes held in this connection, they said.

After August 15, the students would resort to taking up violent agitation, the student leaders further said.

In view of the prevailing situation, all the political parties should exert political pressures on the Union Government for resolving the present deadlock and made their stand clear to the people within August 10.If they failed to implement this, violent agitation would be taken up against them, the student leaders warned.

The student leaders said it is the right time for the people to take into consideration the rationale behind the stand of the ANSAM against declaration of June 18 as State holiday by the State Government and who are behind the present agitation.

They also alleged the India Govt that not been doing anything to bring an end to the present deadlock.

Rather the personnel of Central security forces are encouraging the ANSAM volunteers.

Complaints have been lodged at UN and other international forum as well as to Prime Minister and Union Home Minister for the failure of taking up any action against the two Naga MPs and 11 MLAs who submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister endorsing the Naga unification.