IMPHAL, April 21 - Student community in Manipur recently remembered two students who �sacrificed� their lives during students� uprising demanding a mechanism to regulate entry of migrants into the State.
On April 16 and 17, 1980, two students were killed in firing by the police and security forces in their bid to control an uprising of the students demanding regulation of entry of migrants.
The day has been observed as �Realisation Day (Meekap Thokpa Numit)� by All Manipur Students� Union (AMSU), a powerful student body which spearheaded the movement against unchecked influx of migrants into the State.
The student body observed the day which was marked by offering of floral tributes at the memorial site of the two students at Pishum Chinga in Imphal and a procession in the streets here.
On the occasion, the student body renewed its call for united struggle to protect indigenous people of the region.
AMSU president, Peter Laishram said that the student community of the State will always oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) while condemning the Centre for its attempt to implement the contentious Bill despite strong objections from the indigenous peoples of the North East.
�AMSU will always fight against CAB or any other Bill that is against the interest of the indigenous people of the State,� he said.
Speakers at the function observed that there has been a rapid rise of migrants into the State.
United Committee Manipur (UCM) president, Sunil Karam alleged that attempt to implement CAB was not the first time which the government at the Centre has been targeting to annihilate the indigenous peoples.
�From the early period, the Centre has been targeting the indigenous peoples of the region by formulating various policies and programmes. It has been revealed from books and articles written by many politicians of the country�, he added.
Subsidy, military force, political dilution and population dilution are the processes being applied by the Centre since early period to annihilate the indigenous peoples of the region, he pointed out.