Imphal: Manipur Police on Thursday detained several protesters who were participating in the 12-hour general strike called by Left parties against Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019 in the state.
The general strike was called by Left parties, including CPI, CPI (M), RSP and All India Forward Bloc, as part of their nationwide anti-CAA movement.
According to reports, around 10 workers of CPI, including assistant secretary of state unit CPI, M Joykumar, were picked up by the police while they were staging a sit-in protest at Nambol in Bishnupur district.
Those arrested included four women protesters, said reports.
In a released, the CPI(M) said: “The four Left parties condemn the arrest of the leaders and volunteers of the Left parties, including CPI assistant secretary M Joykumar, Manipur Loumi Lup president N Singhajit; CPI leader O Ibotombi; and Nupi Marup president T Sakhi Devi, among others, who participated in a peaceful and democratic movement against the CAA.”
The Left parties will continue the movement till CAA is repealed, the release added.
Meanwhile, the All India Tanzeem-e-Insaaf (AITI), ANJUMAN, Islamic Cultural Research Organisation (ICRO) and students of Alia Madrasa and Madrasa Darul Uloom Markaz also staged a sit-in-protest at Lilong Masjid Road in Thoubal district demanding the Centre to withdraw the contentious Act.
Later, the national secretary of AITI, Md Islahuddin, was picked up by the police.
In a video in possession of EastMojo, Islahuddin is seen being questioned by police officials for using children in the protest. However, the AITI leader denied accusations.
“Children came out from their institutions by themselves for the protest. We, the organisers, did not get them in the agitation,” said Islahuddin.
According to police sources, Islahuddin was detained by police for further interrogation.