Imphal (Manipur) , Sept 7 : The All Manipur Students’ Union(AMSU) on Friday called for a 100-hour blockade along the 222 km-long Imphal-Jiribam National Highway, starting from Saturday midnight, against the NSCN (IM) militants’ alleged involvement in the beating of its activists and extortion of illegal taxes from them reports news agency IANS.
The student body rejected the NSCM -IM Chiefs statement denying its involvement in the incident . Moreover, the state government had failed to arrest the culprits within the 72-hour deadline.
The incident took place near Nungba in Tamenglong district along the NH-37 when NSCN (IM) militants stopped a bus ferrying acultural troupe and some leaders of AMSU and demanded illegal taxes. On denial , some of its members, including AMSU General Secretary S. Anil, were roughed up. Finally they were allowed to leave after paying Rs. 500 each as NSCN(IM) tax .
Today the members burned the effigies of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, NSCN (IM) leader T. Muivah and Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren and demanded immediate closure of the designated camps of the NSCN (IM).
Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh said that personnel of 57 Mountain Division and police commandos have been rushed to Tamenglong to arrest the culprits .
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