Talks on ending Jiri crisis today

JIRIBAM, October 24: The Jirighat Govt High School today staged a sit-in-protest at the school compound in a show of support to the ongoing agitation enforced by four student bodies of Jiribam.

The four student bodies based in Jiribam - AMSU District Committee, MSF Special Branch Jiribam, DESAM Local Council and KSA Jiribam Unit had imposed an indefinite total blockade along the National Highway 37 since October 23 midnight, as part of their series of agitation against the government’s failure to look into their slew of demands regarding lack of infrastructures and transfer policy of teachers in Jiribam sub-division.

Today’s sit in protest was held under the banner- provide the necessary teachers, do not violate the students’ rights.

The student bodies had started their series of agitation by doning black badges and continued with economic blockade along the Imphal-Jiribam highway and finally the total blockade.

Meanwhile, around 5:30 pm, around three vehicles moving towards Imphal from Jiribam were damaged by blockade supporters at Sorok Atingbi Khunou today.

On the other hand, the four unit presidents of the student bodies have reached Imphal to hold talks with the concerned government officials on their demands.

The student bodies have in the meantime reiterated that the ongoing total blockade will not be lifted unless an agreement is reached with the government.

Elaborating on the agitation, one of the student leaders said that if the student representatives are able to bring an amicable solution with the concerned authorities during tomorrow’s meeting, the total bandh could be lifted, however, unless the government meets the students’ demand, the agitation will not be suspended.

He further appealed to the Jiri police and other security forces against escorting vehicles along the highway during the bandh; and further warned that blockade volunteers would not let any chances to attack such vehicles go wasted.

He also appealed the general public for support and cooperation.

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