18 new volunteers launch ILP hunger strikes

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A young girl joins a woman on hunger strike at Chingmeirong
A young girl joins a woman on hunger strike at Chingmeirong

IMPHAL, August 21: Altogether 36 hunger strikers including several students have been picked up by the police in Imphal alone since hunger strikes were launched some days back at separate venues as part of the movement demanding the introduction of the Inner Line Permit System in the State.

Nevertheless, there has been no dearth of volunteers to continue the hunger strikes.

Altogether 18 volunteers including 16 students launched new hunger strikes today demanding implementation of the ILP in the State.

A team of the Imphal West police picked up the eight Democratic Students`™ Alliance Manipur volunteers on hunger strike since Wednesday. The volunteers were picked up around midnight from in front of the DESAM office where they were on hunger strike.

However soon after nine more volunteers came out and took the places vacated by the earlier eight.

The nine student volunteers who launched their hunger strike around 1am today are identified as B Sc 3rd semester student of DM College of Science Mayanglambam Kanglei Meitei, 20, son of M Rameshwar Meitei of Kakching Wairi; B Com 5th semester DM College of Commerce student Loitongbam Sanatomba Singh, 20, son of L Shamungou Singh; class XII student of Wangoi Higher Secondary School, Wangkheimayum Malemnganbi Chanu, 16, daughter of W Premchandra Meitei; B Com 3rd semester student of DM College of Commerce Ningombam Sanjoykanta 19, son of N Ibotombi Singh; B Com 3rd semester student of DM College of Commerce Yumnam Loyangamba Meitei, son of Y Nimai; BA 5th semester student of Moirang College Kongjengbam Romit Singh, 19, son of K Rajen Singh; class XII student of CC Higher Secondary School Suraj Kshetrimayum, 17, son of Ksh Khamba; class XII student of Delhi Public School Moirangthem Nelson Singh, 21, son of M Ibomcha Singh and class XII student of Ibotonsana Girls`™ Higher Secondary School Thingujam Henthoibe De
vi 17, daughter of Th Ibotombi Singh.

Meanwhile, around 8am today, Laimayum Krishnakumar Sharma, 45, son of (L) L Madhop Sharma of Thangmeiband Watham Leirak continued a hunger strike in place of Thongam (o) Apabi Devi, 65 wife of Th Modushudon Singh of Thangmeiband Hijam Leikai who was arrested by the police.

27-year-old Karam Romila daughter of K Nabakumar of Chingmeirong East and 17-year-old Kram Chinglembi, daughter of (L) K Nugjeng of Chingmeirong East and studying in class XI at the EK Higher Secondary School started their hunger strike at Chingmeirong after police arrested two other hunger strikers Sh Krishnamani Sharma, 52 and Ngaidoinei (Boinu) Vaiphei, 16 on August 20 evening.

Meanwhile, in Imphal East, five students including two girls launched their hunger strike in front of the Ananda Singh Higher Secondary Academy today after an official team of Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Childs Welfare Committee Imphal East, Juvenile Polise Unit Poromapat and CMO Imphal East had picked up the earlier student hunger strikers this early morning around 6:10.

It may be mentioned that the earlier batch of student hunger strikers had opposed several attempts of the official team to pick them up yesterday.

The new student hunger strikers are identified as Ramlal Paul Higher Secondary School student Khaidem Johnson Singh, son of Kh Taniya Devi; Ananda Singh Higher Secondary Academy student Malemnganba Thounaojam, son of Th Medha; class XI Arts student of TG Higher Secondary School student Kh Malemnganbi Chanu, daughter of Kh Tomba Meitei; class X student of Standard Sacred Heart Higher Secondary School Puspa Khumukcham, daughter of Kh Tiken Singh and class XII student of Ramlal Paul Higher Secondary School Yumnam Luwangcha Meitei, son of Y Suresh Meitei.

A 20-year old woman, Shirimayum Thajamanbi Devi daughter of Sh Tiken Sharma of Khongman Zone II Imphal East has also launched a hunger strike at the Oriental Club, Khongman Mangjil.

Speaking to media persons, the B Sc 5th semester student of DM College, said she will continue with her fast until the ILP is implemented in the State.

She also urged the government to fulfil the people`™s demand and allow re-opening of the educational institutes in the State.

From Our Correspondent

THOUBAL, August 21: Endorsing the stand of Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) which is spearheading the ongoing mass movement demanding the government to pass an acceptable bill to effectively monitor the alarming entry of outsiders into the State, two members of Apunba Nupi Khunai Lamjing Meira Lup Imphal East Yairipok Branch, including a Muslim woman have launched fast unto death agitation at Yairipok Tampha Keithel, Thoubal district from today.

It may be mentioned that president of Apunba Nupi Khunai Lamjing Meira Lup Imphal East Yairipok Branch Asem Ibetombi Devi had launched the same stir at Yairipok Laimanai Thongkhong from yesterday in support of the collective demand.

The two hunger strikers are identified as Oinam Sumati, secretary of Apunba Nupi Khunai Lamjing Meira Lup Imphal East Yairipok Branch and finance secretary Khulakpam Tabob Bibi.

They launched the hunger strike after getting permission from Asem Ibemtombi.

A large number of ILPS supporters chanting slogans demanding ILPS implementation escorted both of them up to the venue where they launched the stir.

Members of JCILPS Yairipok Wing are guarding the two women hunger strikers at the venue.

Meanwhile, the three members of DESAM Thoubal Branch who launched fast unto death agitation at Thoubal Wangmataba Devi Mandop from August 19 in solidarity to the people`™s movement have been arrested by a team of police led by SDPO Thoubal this early morning.

The arrested hunger strikers are identified as Laitonjam Anamika Devi (game & sports secretary of Waikhom Mani Girls College) from Charangpat; Khudongbam Rabi Meitei (president of DESAM Thoubal Branch) from Heirok and Sapam Rabita Chanu (student of Chaoyaima Higher Secondary School) from Thoubal Wangmataba Mathak.

Meanwhile, another three volunteers of DESAM have also started launching fast unto death agitation from today morning around 7.30.

They are identified as Maibam Memicha Chanu (girl`™s common room secreatry of Waikhom Mani Girls College) daughter of M Ranjit of Thoubal Wangkhem; Moirangthem Arundash (Class XII science student of Fancier Abhiram Higher Secondary School) son of M Sarat of Thoubal Khshetrimayum and Lourembam Manimatum Singh (Class XII science student of Chouyaima Higher Secondary School) son of L Ibomcha of Thoubal Wangmataba Sorok Makha.

The three hunger strikers are being manned by women vendors at Thoubal Keithel.

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