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Students storm political parties’ offices in Manipur
Sobhapati Samom
 IMPHAL, May 19 – Representatives of Manipur’s six powerful student bodies on Saturday stormed the political party offices here over their alleged inaction into the mysterious deaths of Manipuri students in Bangalore and Chennai.

The police managed to control the situation by detaining 17 student leaders including presidents of All Manipur Students’ Union Th Suresh and Kangleipak Students Association Y Pradip.

The students were rounded up on their way to lock up the office of CPI Manipur unit at Irawat Bhavan after they stormed the offices of BJP at Keishampat, Congress at BT Road and MPP at Polo ground.

“We have decided to lock up the political parties’ offices as they remain silent even after the forensic report on the death incident came out. They are not serious on the issue,” alleged General Secretary A Thoithoi of Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM). “We want a CBI probe into the recent death incidents.”

Six student bodies AMSU, DESAM, Manipuri Students’ Federation, Kangleipak Students’ Association, Students’ Welfare Association of Kangleipak and Students’ Union, Kangleipak are demanding justice into the mysterious deaths of Richard Loitam in Bangalore and Okram Laba in Chennai. They have also alleged racial discrimination of NE people in mainland India.

Thoithoi decried the forensic report of Loitam Richard by the Victoria Hospital, Bangalore which says the “cause of death is undetermined.”

Demanding unconditional release of the arrested students immediately, the student leader further warned of stern agitations in case the government fails to do so.

Meanwhile, BJP Manipur President Sh Shantikumar Sharma expressing unhappiness over the action of the students at their party office, informed that BJP had been continuously pressurising the authorities to bring justice into the student deaths.

In the meantime, Justice for Loitam Richard, a group formed by students submitted a memorandum to Union Home Minister to bring justice into the recent death cases.

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