Inmates say sorry for violent protest at Thoubal quarantine centre

Stating that their destructive actions on Sunday morning resulted out of misunderstanding, all the inmates of the quarantine centre at of the Waikhom Mani Girls College resolved to repair the collapsed gate

The gate of the Waikhom Mani Girls College Thoubal was damaged as inmates protested on June 8, 2020 (PHOTO: IFP)

The 32 inmates who were involved in vandalising the institutional quarantine centre at Waikhom Mani Girls College in Thoubal, Manipur voluntarily apologised to the authority concerned for the incident on Monday.  

Stating that their actions on Sunday morning resulted out of misunderstanding, all the inmates unanimously resolved to repair the collapsed gate from Monday.

As more positive cases were repoprted from the centre, the inmates were against further extension of the quarantine period out of fear. So, they attempted to flee from the centre, leading to the unfortunate incident of protest, sources added. 

One of the inmates admitted their action on the previous day was a complete misconduct and an uncultured act. They humbly apologised to the authority and expressed hope that such an embarrassing incident should not happen with other inmates at other quarantine centres intge  days to come, he added.

“If there is a misunderstanding between the inmates and authority, let us talk first. Honourable CM, we are very sorry,” he apologised.

The inmates also clarified that they will not flee from the centre but will officially return to home quarantine after getting the official discharged certificates issued by the authority concerned.

Meanwhile, the students union of Waikhom Mani Girls' College in a press statement strongly condemned the incident and termed the act most unfortunate. The release also warned all concerned to repair the collapsed college properties within five days.

The centre is an institutional quarantine centre reportedly being opened under district administration Thoubal. Altogether, 32 inmates are being quarantined there and they were demanding to be discharged for home quarantine. On June 1, the same inmates protested and damaged college properties.

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First Published:June 8, 2020, 9:06 p.m.

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