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State police continue to hunt down MU students and faculties; President of MUTA Prof. I Tomba picked up and questioned

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Imphal, Sept. 23,

Self proclaimed Pro-VC Prof. Yugindro compliant to state police now is converting almost all faculties of the varsity as well as students as underground.
President of Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) Prof. I Tomba was today picked up by a team of state police today morning from his residence at Lilong Chajing and released later after questioning if he was present on the incident of Sept 20 evening.
This news paper term Pro VC Yugindro as self proclaimed as University act clearly stated the the Pro VC shall be appointed by the Executive Council on the recommendation of the executive Council on the recommendation of the Vice Chancellor. And the VC who is under suspension appointed the Pro VC Yugindro when he was on leave.
“We are being followed everywhere by state force and we cannot even convene a meeting to discuss the development, everywhere we tried to gather for discussing the matter, large number of police will arrive creating threat intimidation”, said a professor while talking to this reporter.
Midnight crackdown at Manipur University on Sept. 20 was conducted as per complaint lodge by the self proclaimed Pro VC Prof. Yugindo. As per police source the Pro VC reported he was pelted stones and detained for over 3 hours at a room at Manipur University.
General Secretary of MUSU Kenedy who is taking shelter somewhere in Imphal area while talking to this reporter said that the self proclaimed Pro VC along with the self proclaimed in charge Registrar Shyamkesho when entered the Manipur University complex along with large number security force was trying to get sympathy by telling false story. He said it was the Prof. Yugindro who suggested to enter in a room so that the matter can be discussed properly.
On one hand, Kenedy accepted that some student threw eggs on his vehicle, but the MUTA and MUSU volunteers tried to keep control them.
“It is natural that the fuel burnt if pour petrol”, Kenedy said.

He further condemn the midnight crackdown saying that those police didn’t simply check the students but entered every room , pull up the mattress , throw the pillow and open lockers and disburse all reading material. When tried to resist the police excess , the reiterated in the most hostile way.
“I think those police personnel were trying to justify what Mr. Prahlad Patel , who called the Manipur University as Den of insurgence. Had not we intervened there might be possibilities that they placed some unwanted anti social element that might score their point”, Kenedy added.
On the other hand Kennedy also stated that some of his colleagues reading materials as well as prepared project along with money are reported missing.
Over 20 students were injured on that might after they fired mock bomb, tear gas shell. 5 faculty members including the assistant proctor prof. Sanatomba were picked up and another faculty member was picked up from his residence .
13 students were picked up on the very night. Among them 2 students had been remanded in police custody while others including the faculty members were sent to Judicial custody.
In the presence of this reporter, Kenedy called on the Proctor of Manipur University Prof. Sumitra Phanjaobam and enquired about the midnight crack down at which she replied that she had no knowledge of the incident neither she was informed .
As per University convention any raid or security related matter should be informed to Proctor, in case his or her absence it is the assistant proctor that has to be informed . On the other hand any raid to hostel of Universities should be accompanied by a warden. None of the procedures as per convention of the Manipur University rules were followed on the day.
Meanwhile , a highly place source told this newspaper that the state government had selected 3 persons namely Dr. Ranjan, Prof. Joykumar and Former MLA Kh. Loken to meet all stakeholders of the Manipur University.
The three were not only directed to meet the MU stakeholders but also were advice to meet all leaders of civil society bodies who might create problem due to the recent development.
Another highly placed source also confirmed meeting between the three government representatives with some leaders of major civil society organizations of the state.

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.

1 comment

  • Longjam Joykumar Meitei
    Longjam Joykumar Meitei Monday, 24 September 2018 06:13 Comment Link

    A right and timely intervention of state govt. CMU is under central govt but in the matter of law and order it is under state govt. So it is very much obligatory to control the situation and for that CM has done the right path that's is deem to be fit. MUSU MUTA should not take the law in their hands. Pandey has suspended as they demand. Now these two bodies can suspend their strike as VC I/c has take charges.

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