Students protest arrest of headmaster for participating “egg protest”

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, October 1, 2018: Students of “Wisdom English School” along with their guardians and teachers protested against arrest of their headmaster Mr. Popilal Ningthoujam for allegedly participating in the Egg Protest organized by PRJA in Thangmeiband on September 27 protesting against police action on the Manipur University campus on September 20 midnight.

The protest was also joined by the people of Phayeng and Meira Paibi in large number and condemned the arrest.

The protestors held placards embedded “We love our teacher,” “Release Popilal without conditions,” “Stop Political persecution,” “Schools are sacred,” “Guns and Books don’t belong together,” “Down with dictatorship,” “Resolve MU crisis amicably,” etc.

Popilal was teaching his small children in a classroom while he was arrested. Terming the incident as traumatizing for the students, the parents and teacher association and Meira Paibi leaders demanded to release him as soon as possible without any conditions.

Also participating in todays protest was Erendro Leichombam, convener of PRJA (peoples’ resurgence and justice alliance), of which Popilal is also a member.

Erendro said “we have joined the people of Phayeng to protest the arrest of Popilal. Since when is throwing eggs a criminal act? Which section of the IPC says throwing eggs as a mark of protest is a criminal act? Freedom of speech and right to protests are fundamental rights. The government should not forget that we are working in a democratic setup. PRJA leader Popilal Ningthoujam be released as soon as possible without any conditions”.

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