Manipur : Students Organisation calls 48-hour general strike

All Manipur 48-hour general strike was called by the All Manipur Muslim Students Organisation (AMMSO) and Pangal Student’s Union, Dhanamanjuri University (PSU-DMU) starting from October 28.
The extension is to demand the four per cent reservation in all non-professional courses of higher education institutes, run by the state government and Central University in Manipur along with the rectification of inappropriate filling of OBC (Meitei Pangal) quota by the non- Manipuri Muslims.
It had submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister on Monday stating that the literacy rate of Manipuri Muslims is barely 61 per cent, which is low compared to the average 80 per cent in the state of Manipur.
It further stated that the Manipuri Muslims students selected in various colleges under the state-run Dhanamanjuri University is less than 2 per cent of the total intake of the said university.
It, thus, said that the demand is rightful in its place and is also constitutional for the Manipur Muslims of the state.
The 48-hour bandh is said to be effective in the Muslim inhabited areas, namely Hatta in Imphal east, Lilong in Thoubal district and Mayang Imphal in Imphal west districts, among others.
According to the 2011 census, the present population of Manipuri Muslims(Meitei Pangal) is 2,39,886 which is said to make up 8.40 per cent of the total population of Manipur.
The Meitei Pangal are said to settle mainly in and around Imphal, the capital of Manipur, and Thoubal district.