In a heartbreaking turn of events, Manipur’s Imphal Valley witnessed a surge in student protests, resulting in over 30 injuries, predominantly among female students. The cause of this turmoil was the tragic death of two young individuals who had gone missing in July, their lifeless bodies recently surfacing on social media. This incident has ignited a wave of outrage, prompting students to take to the streets, only to face tear gas shells and baton charges by the police.
The two deceased students, Phijam Hemjit (20) and Hijam Linthoingambi (17), had been missing for months, casting a shadow of uncertainty over their fate. The discovery of their lifeless bodies on social media platforms shook the entire region. Enraged and grief-stricken, the students felt compelled to demand justice for the young lives lost.
As the protesters advanced towards the chief minister’s secretariat in a quest for answers and accountability, they clashed with the police, resulting in numerous injuries. Hospitals throughout the region are now treating those harmed in the protests, a grim testament to the gravity of the situation.
Responding to the mounting pressure and anger from the public, the Manipur government issued a statement urging restraint and emphasizing the importance of allowing authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the “kidnapping and killing” of Phijam Hemjit and Hijam Linthoingambi. The case has already been handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), signifying the seriousness with which it is being treated.
In a joint effort between state police and central security agencies, the investigation seeks to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the youths’ disappearance and bring the perpetrators to justice. Security forces have initiated a search operation to locate those responsible for this heinous crime.
To ensure the situation does not escalate further, security personnel have been placed on high alert, with additional measures implemented to prevent any further disturbances following the circulation of the distressing images of the deceased students.
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This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the need for swift and just action in cases of violence against youth. The demand for justice resonates not only with the grieving families but with the entire community, highlighting the importance of a thorough and impartial investigation to bring closure and ensure the safety of young lives in Manipur.