Imphal: The soilent democratic candle light protest of the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee turned violent after four women members of the Manipur Pradesh Congress Sevadal and Youth Congress were hurt in Police action to control a candle light protest in Imphal on Thursday.
The injured volunteers included three members of Manipur Pradesh Congress one one member of Manipur Pradesh Youth Congress. Decrying the disqualification of Congress leader as a member of the Parliament and the subsequent order to vacate his official residence, members of Manipur Pradesh Sev Dal, Youth Congress, Mahila Congress and NSUI staged a candle light protest in Imphal. The protestors marched towards Kangla Nongchup Thong and staged a protest there with a banner reading Democracy in Danger. A scuffle broke out between the protestors and the Police after on lady police personal doused the candle held by one Congress woman protestor while MPCC vice president Tilotama was briefing the media.
Chnating slogaans ‘ Rahul Gandhi jindabad, BJP Murdabad”, we condemn Police action”, the protestors returned to Congress Bhavan. While the protestors were staging protest in front of Congress Bhavan chanting slogan, Police fired mock bombs leading to the injury of the Congress workers.
The injured protesters were rushed to JNIMS hospital and it is reported that all are now in a stable condition. The candle light protest led by MPCC vice-president L Tilotama and Manipur Pradesh Youth Congress president N Popilal was an overall initiative of the MPCC to show solidarity to Rahul Gandhi. Initially, the protesters were allowed to march till the western gate of the Kangla Fort.
However, a confrontation broke out between the police and the protesters at the gate of Congress Bhawan after the protesters were forced to return from the Kangla gate. Police resorted to firing of tear gas shells and mock bombs to disperse the mob. A team of MPCC led by president K Meghachandra rushed to JNIMS hospital to take dtvok of the injured persons.
Speaking to reporters, MPCC president K Meghachandra strongly condemned the Police action against the Congress workers who are staging a democratic candle light protest at Kangla. Candle light protest is not an harmful protest. Police action against the protestors is highly condemnbale and democracy is in danger.
MPCC Vice president Tilotama expressed strongly decried the police brutality in the democratic protest showing solidarity to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. The demand of Congress is to save democracy. We cannot accept the action of BJP to suppress the voice of the people. Congress was ssimply trying to stage a silent democratic protest in front of the sacred kangla but BJP has disrupted the protest using Police. It is the dictatorial attitude of BJP. Several Congress protestors sustained injury. BJP always tries to suppress the voice of the people. Disqualification of Rahul gandhi as a member of the Parliament is to suppress the voice of gandhi who always tries to expose the Modi-Adani Relationship. The disqualification of Rahul from the MP post is a dirty move of the Modi government to shut Rahul’s voice against the infamous Adani scam on the floor of the Parliament, she said.
She action of BP regime clearly highlights BJP’s insecurity of Rahul and the Congress party as a whole.,However, none of the false allegations levelled against Rahul will be able to suppress the voice of the Congress from speaking the truth and raising its voice against all the ill-hatred activities of the BJP, she added. The Congress fighting using non-violence means to secure democracy will never retreat unless democracy is fully restored in the country,” she said.