Sanaton Death: 24-hour total shutdown cripples normal life in Manipur

The bandh was imposed across the state, demanding swift delivery of justice for late Sanaton Athokpam, a medical student who died allegedly under mysterious circumstances at RIMS hostel, Imphal.


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The statewide 24-hour total shutdown imposed by Justice for Sanaton Athokpam (JFSA) from 6 pm Monday crippled normal life in Manipur.

The bandh was imposed across the state, demanding swift delivery of justice for late Sanaton Athokpam, a medical student who died allegedly under mysterious circumstances at RIMS hostel, Imphal.

Most places in the valley bore a deserted look and business establishment in Imphal, particularly the two markets namely Thangal Bazaar and Paona Bazaar remained closed. The government departments remained opened but functioning was affected due to less attendance of the staff. Less private transportation vehicles ferried on the road.

In some places in Imphal East, roads were blocked by protestors while a protest rally was also carried out in some hill areas like Noney. The state government took appropriate security measures to prevent any unwanted incident from taking place.

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JFSA appreciated the people of the state for extending solidarity to the 24-hour bandh. It appealed to the public to join hands in the movement until justice is delivered.

JFSA stated in a release that it has been organising agitations, demanding a fair probe into the mysterious death of the medical student. However, the state government has remained deaf ears till date, it stated. The committee will continue to launch various forms of agitations until the demand has been fulfilled but support and cooperation from all sections is needed. Therefore, let us continue to fight together till the demand is accomplished by the state government, it added.

It also stated that parents of students who are studying at RIMS would surely support the agitation on the ground that such an incident may not happen with their wards.  

The bandh was supported by various civil bodies from both the hills and valley of the state. Some of them are Advanced Women Society, Awang Sekmai; Apunba Manipur Kanba Ima Lup (AMKIL); Citizen’s Club, Soibam Leikai; Nongpok Leimarol Meira Paibee Apunba Lup (NONGLAMPAL); All Manipur Women’s Social Reformation and Development Samaj etc.

It was also supported by six student organisations, including the Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Singpanglup (AIMS), Manipur Students’ Federation (MSF), All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA), Students’ Union of Kangleipak (SUK), Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM).

It may be mentioned that Sanaton, 22, an MBBS student pursuing his 5th semester at RIMS, Imphal was reportedly found hanging on March 15 at his hostel room in a suspicious manner.

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First Published:April 27, 2021, 9:40 p.m.

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