Imphal: Following the release of the three leaders of All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) on Tuesday night, the tribal students’ body has called off their total shutdown of hill areas in Manipur with immediate effect.

The mutual understanding came to light after a meeting was held between the state government and ATSUM on the invitation of the former at the official quarters of minister Letpao Haokip in Imphal on Tuesday evening.

During the meeting, representatives of the students’ body and the state government represented by water resource and YAS minister Letpao Haokip, PHED minister L Dikho and tribal affairs & hills minister Vungzagin Valte signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

Both the parties also agreed to convene another meeting on Wednesday at 4 pm to settle the Autonomous District Council (ADC) election.

The three student leaders of ATSUM — rights & information secretary Shimthar Jajo, information secretary Khaiminlen Doungel and finance secretary Kakai Singsit — were picked up by Manipur Police from their respective residences on Monday night. This resulted in the imposition of an emergency total shutdown across the hill districts by ATSUM with support of the Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) and All Naga Students’ Association of Manipur (ANSAM).

The three arrested student leaders were part of an agitation by the students’ body over delay of ADC elections in Manipur.

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