Students confront police during agitation over transport fare

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Imphal: Passenger service providers are taking fare as per their will, state authorities should monitor the transport fare for students, Manipur College students demanded.

The college students blocked Mayai Lambi road on Friday to press the government for their demand. They came out on road and blocked Mayai Lambi road in front of Pishum bridge.

A team of police came and tried to control the students, however, the students denied to withdraw their agitation.

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The confrontation took place between the police and students. Later the police managed to control the protestors.

Social and culture secretary Ksh. Dijen said the students and people have been suffering during the pandemic. As the situation of the pandemic is getting better, the state government has notified to resume offline classes.

Most of the students are still suffering to reach their respective institutions, schools and colleges due to present passenger service fare as most of the fare are charged at the will of transporters. Due to the pandemic, the inter-district bus service has been stopped and the authority should take necessary steps to resume the bus service, the secretary said.

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He urged the state education department and transport department to take necessary steps to monitor the passenger service fare exclusively for students.

The demand is not only for Manipur College students but for the entire students of the state who are facing issues on the sudden hike in passenger service fare, he added.

Manipur College Students’ Union will support any sort of movement related to the sudden increase in passenger service fare. The students union strongly condemned the police personnel who allegedly control the female protestors without female police during the confrontation, Dijen said.

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The students’ union will intensify its agitation if the demands are not fulfilled in time, he added.

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