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Arrest of Erendro sparks protest; Locals of Thangmeiband stage sit-in-protest
RSF demands unconditional release

Source: IT News

Imphal, May 27 2018: Locals and Meira Paibi of Thangmeiband Khomdram Selungba Leikai and Hijam Dewan Leikai today stage sit-in-protest at Thangmeiband demanding immediate release of People's Resurgence and Justice Alliance Convenor Erendro Leichombam without any condition.

Speaking to media persons, one of the protestor meira paibi said that arrest of Erendro Leichombam by Manipur police is an act of dictatorship governance by the ruling party.

Erendro Leichombam has not committed or involve in any crime so far.

What he had posted in social media was practicing his right to speech to take the attention of the concerns to book the culprits who have openly threats the indigenous people on a video that have emerged in social media and reward befitting punishment by the law of the land, she added.

The protestor Meira paibi also said that the protestors strongly condemn the arrest of Erendro Leichombam on the ground of his post in the social media and appeals the concern to release him immediately without any condition.

The protestors along with various clubs and civil society will come up with different form of agitation if the concern fails to release Erendro Leichombam at the earliest, she added.

The protestors hold pla cards demanding immediate arrest of Erendro Leichombam.

Mention may be that Erendro Leichombam was arrested from his Thangmeiband office by a joint team of officials from the cyber crime unit and Imphal Police Station on Saturday noon for refusing to take down a video which contains inflammatory speeches from his Facebook profile despite the warning instead question the police over failing to arrest those who had created the video.

He was booked under sections of IPC and IT Act for allegedly promoting enmity between different groups and criminal intimidation.

Another six persons was also detained for allegedly circulating the video after it triggered panic among public and warned internet users from circulating the video.

On the other hand, Reformist Students' Front (RSF) in a press release demands immediate release of the arrested six persons and convenor of PRJA Erendro Leichombam without any condition.

Thoiba Khumancha, General Secretary RSF in the press release expressed disappointment over the arrest of innocent six persons and the convenor of PRJA instead of arresting those main culprits who have openly threats and challenged the indigenous people of Manipur through a video which circulated in social media.

RSF appeals the people of Manipur not to shelter or lease any non-locals or non-Manipuris at their residence or plots just for some amount of money and also appeals those Ningols who have marital life with the non-indigenous people to maintain their own indigenous identity.

Doing this will safeguard the culture of the indigenous people of Manipur, Thoiba Khumancha maintain in the press release.

Thoiba Khumancha in the press release also maintain that until and unless a proper bill or Act is pass to safeguard the indigenous people of Manipur, various form of protest and agitation will resume from May 28, 2018 and also appeals the people of Manipur to join hands in demanding the bill to pass the ILPS in the state.


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