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Delhi incidents evoke protest in Manipur

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By EMN Updated: Feb 11, 2014 11:07 pm
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Correspondent
IMPHAL, February 11

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he recent of killing Nido Taniam, a young student from Arunachal Pradesh, assault of Manipuri students and subsequent raping of a 14 years old girl also from Manipur in New Delhi has evoked wide spread protest and condemnation from various quarters in Manipur on Tuesday.
Protesting the Delhi incidents, students’ organizations and political parties in the state staged sit-in demonstration at different locations here.President of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Manipur Pradesh and former union minister, Thounaojam Chaoba, speaking to a group of media persons on the sideline of a sit in protest in front of their Keishampat party office in Imphal, said that they’ll not remain silent and promised to apprise the issue to their central leadership for further action.
“We’re also demanding an all party meeting and to urge the centre to frame a law to safeguard the NE people,” Chaoba added.
“The MLAs and MPs of the state should also stage sit in the national capital and do the needful in public interest,” he suggested.
Meanwhile demanding justice into the Delhi incidents, effective steps to stop ‘racial attack’ and enactment of anti-racial discrimination law, a team of All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), an apex body of students in the state, human rights activists and functionaries of Aam Aadmi Party Manipur unit tried to storm the Raj Bhavan in Imphal to submit a memorandum to the state Governor VK Duggal. They are demanding justice into the death of Nido Taniam and immediate action into the rape of minor girl and other assault cases on Manipuri students.
However, the delegation hand over the memorandum to Governor’s secretary as Governor was out of station.
Advisor Th Suresh of AMSU, who was part of the student’s delegation, speaking to this reporter said, “Both the state and central authorities should intervene and take stringent steps to stop racial profiling and discrimination to students and NE people. So we should unite and fight for our rights.”
Earlier, AMSU has organised a sit in infront of GP Women’s College in Imphal.
The recent Delhi incidents have even evoked sharp reaction from a ruling legislator in Manipur when sought his comment on the issue. He said, “The citizens in the mainland of the country don’t know about India unlike the north easterners who can at least tell you the number states and its geographical boundary. Shameful being an Indian. The time has come to introduce the anti-racial act in the interest of the NE people.”

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By EMN Updated: Feb 11, 2014 11:07:17 pm