As many as 16 members of the Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) were detained by the police for thrashing a computer science teacher at the St Joseph’s school, Sangaiprou in Imphal West district.
The 35 year old teacher, Gurumayum Rupachandra Sharma was taking a class of standard 6 and had been trying to bring the noisy class under control. He had apparently asked the class, “Can you maintain silence?” to which one student replied “Yes.” Feeling offended by the “disrespect” shown to him, Sharma then proceeded to hit the child with a stick.
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According to a statement issued by DESAM, the teacher hit the child, “51 times.” The parents of the child had tried complaining to the school authorities and the police but when they received no cooperation had then approached DESAM, which is a powerful students body in Manipur.
In its statement DESAM said that they asked Sharma to resolve the matter with them, and when Sharma refused, some members of the organization thrashed him. The teachers of the school sat in protest on Wednesday in reaction to the incident and in support of Sharma. Among those detained by the police is DESAM president Moirangthem Angamba and vice-president Arambam Thoithoi.
DESAM has demanded that the school must sack the computer teacher with immediate effect.
A students body organization, DESAM operates like a moral watchdog in the Imphal valley and even carries out surprise checks and raids in Imphal schools to see that they have been functioning properly.