Jail fill protest to follow Manipur shutdown

Imphal: Civil bodies have declared to conduct Jail Fill protest on Thursday following the government’s inaction in releasing the five arrested village volunteers, despite a 48-hour statewide shutdown that was to conclude on Wednesday.

The civil organisations were Langthabal Kendra Club Coordinating Committee (LKCCC), Langthabal Kendra Meira Paibi Coordinating Committee, All Kongba Road United Club Organisation, Koroumakhong United Club, Sagolband Apunba Lup, and Khurai Ahongei Thangjam Leikai Club and Meira Paibi.

The government has not provided a positive response to the release of the five village volunteers apprehended from Kongba area of Imphal East on September 16.

The organisations convened a meeting at Maibam Leikai Community Hall in Imphal on Wednesday evening to deliberate on their next steps.

They criticised the government of not seeing the public’s sentiment.

The “jail fill protest” is a subsequent action plan established during the meeting, with the aim of securing the release of the arrested village volunteers.

LKCCC president Y. Hitler appealed to all local bodies to assemble at 12 noon on Thursday within their respective jurisdictions and gather at the nearest police station at 1pm demanding their own arrests to overcrowd the jails. “We should ask the police to arrest us as well.”

Hitler announced a convention of all CSOs and local clubs on September 23 to ensure the safety of village volunteers from security personnel.

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