Imphal: Students and teachers in Manipur have been demanding a militancy free education zone but insurgent outfits continue to try and extort money from schools.
Recently, People`s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), United Revolutionary Front (URF) and another unidentified militant outfit demanded money from authorities of the Lamjing Meira Shindam Shang School (LMSS).
But students along with teachers of the School have been forced to come out for a sit-in-protest against extortion demands of three militant groups.
Recently, People`s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), United Revolutionary Front (URF) and another unidentified militant outfit demanded money from the school authorities.
"On March 21 , I received a call from PREPAK demanding Rs 40,000 and on March 25 , I received a call from URF demanding Rs 50, 000," Purnakeshwore Sharma, Principal LMSS.
The school students and the staff have appealed to the militant outfits to withdraw their demands. They want education to be a disturbance free zone so that they can study in peace.
"We are supposed to be attending classes but instead we are wasting our time protesting, so it`s really sad," said Zilasana Singh, a student.
"We have ambitions and such incidents create a lot of panic and it really discourages us in our studies so I want to appeal to the militants not to disturb the students," added Vidyalakshmi Devi, another student.
In another incident, on March 10, Alice Kamei and Sanahanbi went missing from the Grace Reach Academy boarding school. It is suspected that the children have been abducted by the Revolution People`s Front (RPF) militant group for recruitment.
To condemn such activities many women`s organizations from various Zeliangrong villages staged at sit-in protest and demanded their safe release.
"Since she went missing, I have not eaten anything and I cannot even sleep peacefully. I am worried about my daughter," said Sundari Kamei, mother of Alice.
Over the years, insurgent-led violence has caused immense pain and suffering to the people of the state. Teachers, students and parents want an end to all violence and want a peaceful atmosphere for studying so that the children can have a bright future.