Three leaders of pay strikers held in swift raids by police at their homes

IMPHAL, April 28: Police raided houses of agitating leaders of the JAC of AMTUC and AMGEO and MSSA today and arrested at least three members of the apex employees body which has been spearheading the current cease work strike of the government employees.

The arrested employees leaders were Purujit of Leirikyengbam, who is general secretary MSSA, vice president of the JAC of AMTUC and AMGEO N Manihar of Tera Amudon Leirak and president of Council of Engineering department, T Tikendrajit of Uripok Bachaspati Leikai.

In the meantime, the JAC of AMTUC and AMGEO has strongly condemned the raids conducted by police commandos at the residences of striking employee’s leaders saying employees are not militants.

Speaking to mediaperson during a press conference today, general secretary of the JAC of AMTUC and AMGEO, Ch. Chandramani revealed that the employees’ leaders were arrested by the police from their respective residences this morning.

Chandramani also disclosed that his house was also raided by police this morning but he was absent during the raid. The employees’ leader also disclosed that raids were also conducted at houses of several other JAC leaders.

Chandramani expressed resentment over the act of the police which were like counter insurgency search operation against government servants.

While stating that employees are not militants or antisocial elements, Chandramani strongly condemned the act of the police and demanded release of all the arrested employees without any condition.

In the meantime, a release of the MSSA has strongly condemned act of the government for arresting the agitating employees instead of bringing an amicable solution. It also condemned government for imposing dies-non to some employees.

It reminded to the MCS, MPS, MFS and Junior MCS, officers and all those in the active services that the current agitation also has their shares and they should rather join the agitation instead of remaining silent.

The statement also appeal people to extend cooperation to make the agitation a success.

In the meantime, another release of the JAC of AMTUC and AMGEO has asked senior police officers not to take the burden of hunting down agitating leaders as the JAC is going to launch a massive court arrest move very soon.

The Council of Teachers Association (COTA), in the meantime, has also expressed strong condemnation to police raids at the residences of striking employees leaders saying the government action will not bring any solution to the issue.

A COTA release said employees are only demanding their rights which is both genuine and constitutional. Denying the rights of the employees is both unconstitutional and against the Indian Constitution, it said and demanded immediate release of all the arrested employees leaders.

All Manipur Government Higher Secondary Lecturers’ Welfare Association has also decided to join any form of agitation announced by the COTA in demand for implementation of the 6th central pay commission recommendations.

A meeting of the association was held today at Ananda Singh Higher Secondary Education in which lecturers decided to join the current agitation as soon as COTA announces its own course of action.

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