IMPHAL, Jun 13 : The volunteers of Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) arrested by police in connection with the pulling up of two non-locals allegedly involved in the adulteration of common salt were on Monday released unconditionally by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West. KSA and other civil society organisations wel-comed the released volunteers ceremoniously at KSA office.
Five volunteers of KSA – general secretary Sukham Bidyananda (26), Longjam Rajesh (18), Khullakpam Sanjay (19), Yumnam Luwangamba (19) and Nongmaithem Biren alias Alex (18), along with shopkeeper Rajeshkumar Yadav (28) were released from Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa after they were produced before the CJM, Imphal West today.
When the five student activists were released from Sajiwa Jail, jubilant volunteers of KSA and other asso- ciations welcomed them with garlands. The volunteers walked the stretch from Keishampat to KSA head office shouting slogans on the way.
Meira Paibis of Sega road gave a warm welcome to the five volunteers with garlands. Speaking to media persons KSA president Moirangthem Lakshman said the State Government has been allegedly condoning the traders who were involved in adulteration of food items as indicated by the arrest of KSA executives.
Thanking the CJM, Imphal West for hearing their plea and releasing the five executives without any condition, the KSA president said the association will call off their proposed bandhs.
However, KSA will continue with its drive to root out the unethical practice adulterating food items, the KSA president stated while urging the people to support their initiative. Food adulteration is a serious crime. The shopkeepers that were caught red-handed by KSA volunteers should be punished according to the law of the State, he said.
Meanwhile, the released KSA activists were accorded a warm reception by the Disable Development Association Manipur (DDAM) at their Oinam Sawombung office where local club volunteers and Meira Paibis of Oinam Sawombung and Samurou Awang Leikai were also present.