Police play spoilsport to students` rallies

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IMPHAL, May 7: As announced earlier, several student bodies of the state led by the All Manipur Students’ Union organised protest rallies at different parts of the state today against the failure of the authorities to book the alleged killers of Bangalore student from the state Loitam Richard.

The student bodies organised rallies at Imphal and in Jiribam which were participated in large numbers by students from various schools and local maira paibis.

Police, however played spoilsport to both rallies and blocked the students before they could reached their proposed culmination points.

The rallies were organised by All Manipur Students’ Union, Manipur Students’ Federation, Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur, Kangleipak Students’ Association, Student Welfare Association of Kangleipak and Students’ Union of Kangleipak.

In Imphal, around a thousand people had collected at the AMSU head quarter under the banner “Who kill Richard”.

The rally passed through DM College Western gate, Lilashing Khongnangkhong, Khongang ani karak, BOC Khuyathong and proceeded towards MG Avenue where the police arrived and blocked the demonstrators from proceeding any further.

The rally was also attended by meira paibis.

The demonstrators hold placards reading ‘Where is the CM’, ‘We want justice’, ‘What was his fault’ etc.

After the police intervention, the demonstrators returned to the AMSU hq and held a public meeting wherein they demanded the authorities to book the culprits and provide protection to the people of the Northeast staying in other parts of India among other demands.

Meanwhile, the Jiribam rally which was also organised by the same student bodies was attended by around one thousand demonstrators.

The demonstrators started from Jiribam Higher Secondary School and proceeded towards the ADC office but were however blocked by the police from proceeding after covering a short distance.

The demonstrators turned back to the school after the police intervention.

Mentioned may be made that  on April 30, the student bodies had announced a series of protest demonstrations incase of the government’s failure to work with the Karnatak government and book the killers of Bangalore student Loitam Richard and to produce kidnapped Don Bosco student T Rahul by May 4.

However, T Rahul was found at Chandel Bazar the same day, leading which the student bodies turned their attention to the Loitam Richard suspected murder case.

Meanwhile, a police source has informed IFP that the state police team has already met with the Karnataka Forensic team that had conducted the post mortem on Richard’s dead body.

He further said that in order to properly examine the different body parts preserved by the forensic team, the body parts are placed in certain chemicals. And it takes around 21 days before the team could re-examine the body parts.

In such a scenario, there is no alternative but to wait till around May 11 before anymore examinations can be done.

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